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Jonesboro man confesses to murder of wife

Photo by Hugh Osteen

Photo by Hugh Osteen

By Mehgaan Jones

mjones@news-daily.com

A 54-year-old man confessed to the strangling and killing of his wife, in a 9-1-1 call, following a domestic dispute that allegedly occurred at their Jonesboro home.

According to Clayton County Police public information officer, Capt. Tina Daniel, Drew Allen Shepard called 9-1-1, on Thursday, and said: "I think I killed my wife."

The 64-year-old woman's name was not released, Friday, because the incident involves a domestic dispute, according to Daniel, who said that she was not aware of a history of domestic violence between the two.

She said Shepard allegedly walked up to his wife as she was sitting in a chair, at a computer, and strangled her with his bare hands, on Thursday morning, at approximately 11 a.m.

"He and his wife had a domestic dispute of some sort," Daniel said.

The incident occurred at the couple's residence, on Raven Drive, in Jonesboro, she added.

"We will not know if the victim died instantly, or not, until the GBI (Georgia Bureau of Investigation) runs tests," said Daniel.

She added that according to Shepard's time frame, the murder occurred approximately an hour-and-a-half before he made the 9-1-1 call.

Drew Allen Shepard was in custody, at the Clayton County Jail, in Jonesboro, on Friday, according to Daniel.

He is scheduled for a first appearance hearing, in Clayton County Magistrate Court, on Saturday, at 9 a.m., according to online court documents.

Information regarding Shepard's attorney was not available, on Friday.