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Man Kills Then Grills Girlfriend
KGO-TV 7 ^ | 3/26/2007 | KGO TV

Posted on 03/26/2007 2:44:08 PM PDT by Dallas59

Mar. 25 - For at least two days, neighbors at a city apartment complex noticed an acrid aroma, black smoke and leaping flames coming from two barbecue grills on the balcony of a second-floor apartment. What, neighbors at the Red Oak Place apartments wondered, was going on in the unit where 27-year-old Timothy Wayne Shepherd lived? What was he burning at all hours, for days at a time? The answer turned their stomachs.

According to law enforcement officials, Shepherd dismembered, and then burned the body of his former girlfriend, Tynesha Stewart, a 19-year-old Texas A&M University student. Nothing remains of Stewart's body, Harris County Sheriff Tommy Thomas said at a press conference Saturday.

"I just don't know what to think about it," said Louis Evans, whose balcony faces Shepherd's in the quiet tree-lined enclave in northern Houston. "I thought he was a nice normal person. I guess you never know what your neighbors are doing."

Authorities said Shepherd has confessed to strangling and dismembering Stewart, a college freshman who was home on spring break, because he was angry that she had started a new relationship.

Officials first thought Shepherd had disposed of her remains in a large commercial trash bin that had since been emptied, launching an intense debate in the area about whether the Sheriff's Department should conduct a massive and expensive search of area landfills for Stewart's remains.

Stewart was last seen March 15 and was reported missing March 19. The next day the Harris County Sheriff's Office homicide division launched its investigation.

On March 16, neighbors said they first noticed the unusual activity and the unpleasant odor on Shepherd's balcony.

"The smell was awful," said Evans, who also became alarmed after seeing a blaze shoot out from the grills. "I was wondering: What is he burning? Not cooking, but burning. There is a difference."

At times, Evans said, the flames from the grills leapt dangerously close to the roof of the balcony. Evans says he called 911, but when firefighters arrived, the flames had calmed and Shepherd assured them everything was under control.

A leasing agent at the apartment complex also noticed the thick dark smoke and the intense flames and asked Shepherd what he was doing, Evans said. Another neighbor, 18-year-old James Hebert, told The Houston Chronicle that he often cooked out with Shepherd, and even left his grill at Shepherd's apartment. When he wasn't invited over, he asked his neighbor what was going on. Shepherd replied that he was cooking for a wedding, the newspaper said.

Dionne Whitaker, 31, who lives in the complex, said she saw Shepherd carry the grill and smoker to a garbage bin a day or so later, the newspaper said.

Human remains generally require extremely high temperatures to destroy, and authorities have not said how it is possible that Stewart's remains could be completely burned on a patio grill.

"This certainly turned out to be one of the most heinous crimes I've ever seen in my 38 years (in law enforcement)," Thomas, the sheriff, said Saturday.

Shepherd, who is charged with murder, is being held on $250,000 bond in the Harris County Jail. Telephone message left with his attorney, Chip Lewis, were not immediately returned. On Sunday, the door to Shepherd's apartment was covered with plywood boards.


TOPICS: Local News
KEYWORDS: bbq; coleslaw; crime; girlfriend; grill; ketchup; longpork; middlenamewayne; potatosalad; shepherd
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1 posted on 03/26/2007 2:44:09 PM PDT by Dallas59
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To: Dallas59

Done?


2 posted on 03/26/2007 2:46:16 PM PDT by MeanWestTexan (Kol Hakavod Lezahal)
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To: Dallas59

Bobby Slay


3 posted on 03/26/2007 2:47:16 PM PDT by Sgt_Schultze
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To: MeanWestTexan

Why do so many murderers have the middle name "Wayne?"


4 posted on 03/26/2007 2:47:20 PM PDT by highimpact (Abortion - [n]: human sacrifice at the altar of convenience.)
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To: Dallas59

Did he see this on a episode of Semi homemade?


5 posted on 03/26/2007 2:47:27 PM PDT by al baby (Hi mom)
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To: Dallas59

Where dem bones?


6 posted on 03/26/2007 2:48:30 PM PDT by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: Dallas59

7 posted on 03/26/2007 2:49:10 PM PDT by Gondring (I'll give up my right to die when hell freezes over my dead body!)
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To: Dallas59

Tynesha is in a slow burn over the incident.

Seriously, that's a terrible waste of a young life.


8 posted on 03/26/2007 2:49:14 PM PDT by decimon
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To: Zuben Elgenubi

Hey c'mon we dont have all the facts yet....


9 posted on 03/26/2007 2:49:23 PM PDT by samadams2000 (Someone important make......The Call!)
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To: Zuben Elgenubi

Hey c'mon we dont have all the facts yet....


10 posted on 03/26/2007 2:49:28 PM PDT by samadams2000 (Someone important make......The Call!)
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To: al baby

"Did he see this on a episode of Semi homemade?"


"Boy Meets Grill"


11 posted on 03/26/2007 2:50:02 PM PDT by Grunthor (Outside a dog a book is man's best friend. Inside a dog it's too dark to read.)
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To: Dallas59; xsmommy
This has been one of the most horrible stories I've followed since moving to Houston. He first claimed he threw her in the dumpster, then said he mutilated her and put her in several dumpsters. There was a big uproar over the City Council saying they would not approve funding to find this girl's body.

Eventually he admitted to having burned her.

I can't even imagine the grief her family and friends are enduring because I don't know them at all and have been heartbroken over this.

Her minister was on TV last night and impressed me so much with his calm manner. He stated the Church had already determined they would form a group to search the landfill themselves if necessary. Very impressive congregation.

12 posted on 03/26/2007 2:50:28 PM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA (I won't settle)
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To: Dallas59

"I just don't know what to think about it."

Duh! How about murder most foul?


13 posted on 03/26/2007 2:50:43 PM PDT by Continental Soldier
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To: Gondring

I'll bet he likes KFC.


14 posted on 03/26/2007 2:50:49 PM PDT by gathersnomoss
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To: Dallas59

There is a much bigger grille waiting for this scumbag in the hereafter, you can pretty much bet the rent on that.

And people don't think that evil has been unleashed and ramped up in this insane, depraved world?

It's just getting started.


15 posted on 03/26/2007 2:51:05 PM PDT by mkjessup (If Reagan were still with us, he'd ask us to "win one more for the Gipper, vote for Duncan Hunter!")
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To: decimon
James Hebert, 18, often played video games and barbecued with his “nice” next-door neighbor. In fact, they cooked out together so frequently Hebert kept his grill at Shepherd’s.

But starting March 15, he noticed Shepherd was cooking — on his grill and on Hebert’s pit — “nonstop” for two days.

This time, however, Shepherd hadn’t invited him over, nor did he share.

When he asked for some of what he was cooking, Shepherd refused, saying it was for a wedding.

A welcome snub!

16 posted on 03/26/2007 2:51:12 PM PDT by Gondring (I'll give up my right to die when hell freezes over my dead body!)
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To: Dallas59

Certain liberals and libertarians will counter with "what's the problem if she consented to it?"


17 posted on 03/26/2007 2:51:23 PM PDT by Combat_Liberalism
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To: Dallas59
Don't get caught grilling without Stubbs BBQ Sauce!


18 posted on 03/26/2007 2:51:29 PM PDT by avacado
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To: Dallas59
"This certainly turned out to be one of the most heinous crimes I've ever seen in my 38 years (in law enforcement)," Thomas, the sheriff

Why? It's basically just your regular old murder by strangulation, with a creative method of body disposal.

19 posted on 03/26/2007 2:51:40 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Zuben Elgenubi
Maybe he had a calcium deficiency and ground them up with his multivitamins.
20 posted on 03/26/2007 2:51:47 PM PDT by reagan_fanatic (I have a big carbon footprint and I'm not afraid to use it.)
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA

It is a waste.


21 posted on 03/26/2007 2:52:01 PM PDT by Dallas59 (AL GORE STALKED ME ON 2/25/2007!)
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To: Dallas59

Ted Nugent?


22 posted on 03/26/2007 2:52:07 PM PDT by Larry Lucido (RIP Mr. Brightside)
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To: Dallas59
...I guess you never know what your neighbors are doing."

Comments that make you go hmmmm.

23 posted on 03/26/2007 2:52:29 PM PDT by pax_et_bonum (I will always love you, Flyer.)
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To: Gondring

At least he didn't try to feed the remains to his neighbors...


24 posted on 03/26/2007 2:53:23 PM PDT by Dallas59 (AL GORE STALKED ME ON 2/25/2007!)
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To: Larry Lucido

Knock it off Larry thats not nice


25 posted on 03/26/2007 2:53:51 PM PDT by al baby (Hi mom)
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To: Dallas59; Slings and Arrows

BTTT


26 posted on 03/26/2007 2:54:32 PM PDT by Fiddlstix (Warning! This Is A Subliminal Tagline! Read it at your own risk!(Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: Dallas59

Just another bit of info on the girl ...she is reportedly the neice of Dallas Cowboy (and old Aggie football player) cornerback Aaron Glenn.


27 posted on 03/26/2007 2:54:32 PM PDT by Mac94
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To: Combat_Liberalism

Certain ... libertarians will counter with "what's the problem if she consented to it?"



Where did you find that moronic misinterpretation of libertarianism?

What kind of thug has such problems with liberty that he exhibits a Tourrette's-like spasm against it on a thread having nothing to do with the subject?


28 posted on 03/26/2007 2:55:38 PM PDT by Atlas Sneezed (Your FRiendly FReeper Patent Attorney)
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To: Dallas59

And of course, his middle name is Wayne.


29 posted on 03/26/2007 2:55:38 PM PDT by RockinRight (Support FREDeralism. Fred Thompson in 2008!)
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA

it is extremely horrifying, my heart breaks for her family.


30 posted on 03/26/2007 2:55:41 PM PDT by xsmommy
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To: Dallas59
"I just don't know what to think about it," said Louis Evans, whose balcony faces Shepherd's in the quiet tree-lined enclave in northern Houston. "I thought he was a nice normal person. I guess you never know what your neighbors are doing."

Gee, Mr. Evans, I'd have thought "an acrid aroma, black smoke and leaping flames coming from two barbecue grills on the balcony of a second-floor apartment" might have aroused your curiosity enough to ask.
31 posted on 03/26/2007 2:57:06 PM PDT by Xenalyte (Anything is possible when you don't understand how anything happens.)
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To: Gondring
But starting March 15, he noticed Shepherd was cooking — on his grill and on Hebert’s pit — “nonstop” for two days.

Hebert was later heard to tell Shepherd's family, "Nah, that's all right . . . y'all keep the pit."
32 posted on 03/26/2007 2:58:46 PM PDT by Xenalyte (Anything is possible when you don't understand how anything happens.)
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To: Xenalyte

I thought the same thing - especially when he mentioned the stench


33 posted on 03/26/2007 2:59:28 PM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA (I won't settle)
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To: al baby

I think he got it from Ted Nugent's book, "Kill It & Grill It


34 posted on 03/26/2007 3:00:26 PM PDT by BluesFan
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To: Combat_Liberalism
Certain liberals and libertarians will counter with "what's the problem if she consented to it?"

Since there is absolutely no evidence that Stewart consented to her own strangulation and dismemberment, your cretinous assertion is unfounded.

Not to mention head-splittingly stupid.

A short course on the difference between liberalism and libertarianism should help. (Here's a hint . . . the fact that the two words share syllables doesn't mean a damn thing.)
35 posted on 03/26/2007 3:00:40 PM PDT by Xenalyte (Anything is possible when you don't understand how anything happens.)
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To: Dallas59
That's a twisted way of expressing your love. Make sure she's well done. I've just about heard everything in human inventiveness when it comes to crime but this is breaking new ground.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

36 posted on 03/26/2007 3:01:11 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Dallas59
>Man Kills Then Grills Girlfriend

(Here's the film's Wiki
for Freepers who won't rent it
to watch the ending . . .)

37 posted on 03/26/2007 3:01:46 PM PDT by theFIRMbss
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To: Sgt_Schultze

now that ain't right


38 posted on 03/26/2007 3:02:57 PM PDT by steveo (Is there anything else I can help you with today?)
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To: All

ANOTHER Wayne???? Yikes!


39 posted on 03/26/2007 3:03:22 PM PDT by jackibutterfly
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To: Larry Lucido
Ted Nugent?

"You can't grill it, until you kill it."

40 posted on 03/26/2007 3:04:53 PM PDT by dfwgator (The University of Florida - Championship U)
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To: Dallas59
Another article from a couple days ago.

March 24, 2007, 10:38PM
TYNESHA STEWART DISAPPEARANCE

Authorities call off search for A&M student's body



Timothy Wayne Shepherd enters court
Friday, wearing a yellow jumpsuit to show
he has been placed on suicide watch.
BILLY SMITH II: CHRONICLE

Harris County Sheriff' Tommy Thomas announced Saturday night there will be no search for the body of Tynesha Stewart, the 19-year-old Texas A&M student who was murdered March 15.

``There are no remaining body parts,'' Thomas said at a press conference. ``We have determined through this investigation that the defendant dismembered the victim and burned her body parts. There is no body to be found. Based on that information, there will be no search. The family is aware of this and they understand.''

Thomas, who called on local media to give the Stewart family privacy, said Timothy Wayne Shepherd burned Stewart's body in a barbecue grill on his patio at his apartment in the 17700 block of Red Oak in northwest Harris County.

 When investigators examined Shepherd's apartment, the bathroom had been scoured almost completely clean with ammonia. The only evidence found were two specks of blood, detectives said.

Stewart was last seen March 15, and was reported missing March 19. The next day the Harris County Sheriff's Office homicide division launched its investigation.

Shepherd was interviewed for 10 hours on Wednesday, March 21. After being released, he contacted community activist Quanell X, who persuaded Shepherd to tell him what happened to Stewart. He then led authorities to the garbage bin where he claimed to have placed Stewart's body.

That same day, Shepherd was charged with murder and early the following morning, investigators say, he confessed to strangling Stewart. On Thursday, the sheriff's office announced it would not conduct a search in a landfill for Stewart's body, but seemed to reverse itself on Friday when it said it would do one.

Later on Friday, investigators said Shepherd may have dismembered her body. And on Saturday, the sheriff announced there would be no search, because all the parts had been burned.

Shepherd's neighbors said Saturday that last week he was barbecuing at all hours of the day, for days at a time, at his apartment, No. 224.

James Hebert, 18, often played video games and barbecued with his ``nice'' next-door neighbor. In fact, they cooked out together so frequently Hebert kept his grill at Shepherd's place.

But starting on March 15 , he noticed Shepherd was cooking - on his own grill and on Hebert's pit - ``non-stop`` for two days.

This time, however, Shepherd hadn't invited him over, nor did he share. When he asked for some of what he was cooking, Shepherd refused, saying he was cooking for a wedding.

On March 16 around 7:45 p.m., Hebert and his roommate, Cithara Gomez, became alarmed when they looked over and saw dark-colored smoke billowing from Shepherd's patio.

Concerned the building might be on fire, they called 9-1-1.

When a firefighter and Harris County deputy arrived at the apartment, Shepherd quickly told them he had everything under control.

``He (Shepherd) came to the door real quick,'' said Hebert, who saw Stewart at Shepherd's apartment the day before she was killed. ``His face was real sweaty.''

Hebert, who gave a statement to homicide detectives Saturday, said that over the weekend, he noticed his grill, and Shepherd's smoker, had disappeared from Shepherd's patio.

Dionne Whitaker, 31, whose patio is directly across from Shepherd's patio, said Saturday she saw Shepherd carry the grill and the smoker to the garbage bin on March 17 or March 18.

Whitaker said she assumed Shepherd was throwing them away because he ``burnt them up'' when whatever he was cooking late last week started ``blazing,'' with fire nearly reaching the roof of his patio, she said.

Whitaker, who was interviewed by investigators, said Saturday that when she learned Shepherd may have been burning body parts, she was deeply disturbed.

``I wanted to vomit,'' she said.

Whitaker's husband, Louis Evans, who also gave a statement to detectives, was alarmed the first time he saw the pit ablaze. But when it happened a few more times, he became suspicious.

``At first I thought he was careless,'' Evan said. ``You'd be careless once. But you wouldn't do it again. He could have set the building on fire. There is other people's property ... I didn't know what was going on.''

The sheriff said the five-day investigation of the murder, followed by days of blistering criticism of the department for its initial decision not to conduct a search in a landfill for Stewart's body, was ``one of the toughest things I've ever been through.''

Tim Miller, the director of Texas Equusearch, which had hoped to begin assisting in a search of an Atoscocita-area landfill next week, said he was deeply saddened they would not be able to return Stewart's body to her family.

``We did everything we could,'' he said. ``It just wasn't meant to be.''

paige.hewitt@chron.com


41 posted on 03/26/2007 3:05:17 PM PDT by deport ( Cue Spooky Music...)
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To: Dallas59

No Aggie jokes please.


42 posted on 03/26/2007 3:05:37 PM PDT by 353FMG (I never met a liberal I didn't dislike.)
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To: Dallas59

43 posted on 03/26/2007 3:05:56 PM PDT by xcamel (Press to Test, Release to Detonate)
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To: Sgt_Schultze

Grillin and a Chillin...


44 posted on 03/26/2007 3:06:35 PM PDT by Dog ( Residing somewhere in Eeyore's Gloomy Place...)
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To: Dallas59
What was he burning at all hours, for days at a time?

Guess he never saw the grilling with LOX video on the net.

45 posted on 03/26/2007 3:06:47 PM PDT by Joe Miner
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To: Xenalyte
Evans says he called 911
46 posted on 03/26/2007 3:06:58 PM PDT by Cooter
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To: highimpact
The next time your daughter brings home a new boyfriend, be sure to ask his middle name
47 posted on 03/26/2007 3:07:14 PM PDT by Shermy
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To: Dallas59
She probably served his dinner cold.

What else was he supposed to do?

48 posted on 03/26/2007 3:07:54 PM PDT by Jim Noble (But that's why they play the games)
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To: Shermy

A middle name of Wayne, and with a moustache is a definate red flag.


49 posted on 03/26/2007 3:09:17 PM PDT by dfwgator (The University of Florida - Championship U)
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To: Dallas59

After reading this thread, I have to say it sickens me to see how many Freepers have treated this like it was a joke.


50 posted on 03/26/2007 3:09:18 PM PDT by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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