Jury recommends against life without parole in teen murder - 13 WTHR Indianapolis

Jury recommends against life without parole in teen murder

Demetrick Shepherd Demetrick Shepherd
Chelsea Porter Chelsea Porter

Columbus - Jurors who convicted a Columbus man of raping and stabbing to death a 14-year-old girl recommended against sentencing him to life in prison without the possibility of parole Thursday.

Demetrick Shepherd, 20, could face 45 to 105 years in prison when he is sentenced by Bartholomew Superior Court Judge Chris Monroe.

Jurors convicted Shepherd of burglary, rape and murder Wednesday in the slaying of Chelsea Porter.

Porter, who attended Central Middle School, was found dead shortly after 3 a.m. June 29 in an apartment of a family friend on the east side of the city about 40 miles south of Indianapolis. Authorities said Shepherd entered the apartment where she was sleeping to steal some car keys when she awoke and he attacked her, stabbing her 11 times with a butcher knife.

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