Courts & Crime

Illinois woman convicted of killing her husband

BELLEVILLE -- Cindy Shepheard was convicted Thursday night of killing her husband.

It was the end of the fourth day of her trial for the murder of her husband, Erick Shepheard, whose body was found with a bullet wound to the chest and head inside their burned out home at 6560 Press Road near Freeburg on Jan. 2, 2008.

Jurors -- 11 women and one man -- deliberated for more than two hours before announcing they had found Cindy Shepheard guilty of first-degree murder.

St. Clair County Circuit Judge John Baricevic set the sentencing date for Sept. 21. She faces a sentence ranging between 20 and 60 years in prison.

J. Lindsay, who is married to the victim's aunt, said he was pleased with the verdict.

"I would like to say it's nice to see justice done," Lindsay said.

Lindsay said the most powerful evidence during the trial came in the form of Cindy Shepheard's testimony.

"The indecisiveness of her testimony and the changes in her story convinced the jury," he said.

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