SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Utah) – Jeffery Shepherd missed an appointment with a friend Easter Sunday.
According to court documents, Shepherd told that friend he didn’t show up that day because “he had killed somebody.”
Friday, the Salt Lake district attorney filed aggravated murder charges against Shepherd for the death of Matt Holt. He was also charged with aggravated robbery and obstruction of justice.
Easter Sunday, police found Holt in his vehicle. He had been shot once in the head. Court documents claim robbery was a motive. His father told Good 4 Utah that Holt withdrawn a large amount of money the previous day. Court documents state Holt’s wallet was empty.
South Salt Lake police obtained surveillance video near the area if 952 West and 3265 South. It’s near the Jordan River parkway. The surveillance video showed a silver Chevrolet Sonic LTZ with a sunroof next to Holt’s vehicle.
“On one of the surveillance recordings, voices can be heard at 1:32 p.m. followed by a single gunshot,” the court document states. “Several seconds later, the silver Chevrolet is seen driving from the location where Mr. Holt was found deceased.”
Police conducted a statewide search for the vehicle but could only find one vehicle but it was cleared. On May 14, an off-duty officer with South Salt Lake spotted a silver Chevrolet Sonic LTZ with a sunroof in Tooele. Shepherd was pulled over and later arrested.
According to the court document, Shepherd was with a friend in Murray Easter morning and told the woman he would return. But he never did. The woman again talked with Shepherd on May 14, the day he was pulled over. She claimed Shepherd explained why he failed to show up.
“(He had) killed somebody,” the woman told police.
His room mates also told police Shepherd was gone Easter Sunday. It’s contrary what Shepherd allegedly told police. Court documents claimed Shepherd told police he was at his Tooele home all day.
Shepherd also had an arsenal of weapons according to police. The investigation showed police found all of the guns registered in his name except one, a 40 caliber Smith & Wesson.
After meeting with police, court documents claimed Shepherd admitted killing Holt using the 40 caliber Smith & Wesson which he disposed of in a garbage dumpster.