HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) - The Hartselle Police Department announced charges against four individuals in relation to the homicide of Anthony Larry Sheppard on Wednesday.
Hartselle officials announced the following individuals have been charged in this case:
- Jaclyn Elaine Skuce
- Aaron Carter Howard
- Lajuhn Smart
- Logan Delp
Howard, Smart and Delp are all charged with capital murder. Skuce is charged with soliciting individuals to commit capital murder.
Skuce and Sheppard have a child together and have been in a custody battle in Limestone County since 2018.
On July 24th, Skuce and Sheppard were supposed to be in a Limestone County courtroom for a custody hearing. Sheppard didn’t show up for that hearing.
Law enforcement tells WAFF 48 News Sheppard’s attorney couldn’t get a hold of him and called Hartselle Police for a wellness check.
When police arrived at Sheppard’s home on Dawson Street, they found him shot multiple times and killed inside the house.
This is the first homicide case Hartselle Police has seen since 2006.
Investigators say Jaclyn Skuce was a person of interest since the murder happened.
They also say Howard, Smart and Delp have no relation to Sheppard.
These four arrests took investigators more than five weeks and they say the investigation isn’t finished.
Local and federal law enforcement are continuing this investigation and say there could be more arrests in the future.
For now, all four arrested suspects are being held in jail without bond.
See the full briefing below:
Hartselle Police Chief Justin Barley, FBI official Pat Stokes, and Morgan County District Attorney Scott Anderson spoke during Wednesday’s update.
The four individuals charged in the homicide can be seen below:
Details on each individual charged will be released later this afternoon.