Suspects indicted in alleged Hartselle murder for hire

Hartselle murder for hire suspects indicted

HARTSELLE, Ala. (WAFF) - Five people have been indicted in alleged murder for hire plot that led to the killing of Anthony Sheppard in 2020.

The Morgan County District Attorney Scott Anderson says that Jaclyn Skuce, Logan Delp, LaJuhn Smart, Aaron Howard, and Angela Stolz were all indicted this week on three counts of capital murder.

All of the suspects are in jail with no bond.

Sheppard was found dead at his home on Dawson Street in Hartselle on July 24th, 2020 when police officers conducted a welfare check.

Sheppard, the father of Jaclyn Skuce’s child, was set to appear in court that morning to discuss custody and visitation of the child.

“With any of these cases, we just want justice. We can’t replace him, we can’t bring their loved one back, but we can give them justice...that’s all we can offer and that’s our goal,” said Anderson.

Hartselle Police say that Skuce hired Logan Delp to kill Anthony Sheppard, they say the other three suspects played a role in the killing. Anderson says this is an extremely complex case.

”You’ve just got a lot of moving parts in this case. You’ve got a very thorough investigation and when you’ve got an investigation that takes that long, I mean that’s the case that you’ve got to present to the jury. So, there’s just a lot of evidence, there’s a lot of moving parts, there’s a lot of people involved and it will be a task to put each case together, which complicates it even further because each case will be different,” said Anderson.

The next step in this case will be arraignments for the defendants. Anderson says he hopes this trial will begin in the next two years and will be prosecuting this case personally.

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