18-year-old suspect in deadly Dollar General robbery formally charged with murder

News

Steven Sheppard

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

CUMBERLAND, Ind. – One of the teenage suspects in Monday night’s deadly Dollar General store robbery has been formally charged with murder.

Prosecutors released court documents on Thursday that say 18-year-old Steven Sheppard is also facing a charge of robbery resulting in serious bodily injury.

Investigators say Sheppard took part in the Cumberland robbery that led the shooting death of Gregory Raley.

Police believe a 14-year-old boy pulled the trigger, but he has not yet been charged as an adult. He is named in court documents as “E.C.” since he is a juvenile.

According to a probable cause affidavit, E.C. came out of the business, extended his right arm toward Raley and fired a single gunshot as Raley was backing away.

The affidavit says Raley was at the store with his fiancée and their 9-year-old girl, who witnessed the shooting and watched as officers tried to save Raley’s life. He was pronounced dead just before 9 p.m.

After the shooting, police quickly arrested the two suspects. While searching the area, they found Sheppard walking on Washington Cove Way and detained him. They also spotted a parked car and saw E.C. get into the back seat. Officers say they had to physically remove him and then found a handgun in the waistband of his pants.

E.C. has been booked on preliminary charges of murder and armed robbery.

Most Popular

Latest News

More News