Defendant Shepard admits to killing U. City police sergeant King

Mar 3, 2011

Updated at 2:30 p.m March 3, 2011:

A jury has found Todd Shepard guilty of first-degree murder and armed criminal action, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. The process now goes to the punishment phase, in which prosecuting attorney Robert P. McCulloch is expected to call for the death sentence.


While on the stand today defendant Todd Shepard did something few in his place do -  he admitted to his crime.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Shepard said he killed University City police sergeant Michael King in 2008.

And could mental instability or insanity negate Shepard's admission?

The Post-Dispatch said Shepard "blurted out" to prosecuting attorney Robert P. McCulloch: "I'm not crazy. I'm not insane. I'm perfectly sane, perfectly literate."

Shepard also said that he picked King because he was white, and because he was vulnerable in a parked car with its window down, after already stalking, and passing up, two other officers for attacks, the Post-Dispatch reports.

Updated at 1:27 p.m. March 3, 2011 to reflect that King's race was stated as a factor in Shepard's decision to kill King.