Three Arrested in Marshall Homicides
The Missouri rural major case squad followed more than 110 leads before making the arrests. Police arrested 18-year-old Spencer Tromont Anderson of Marshall, 17-year-old Lyndale Devor Henderson of Marshall, and an unamed juvenile. All three were arrested for first degree murder, first degree arson, armed criminal action, burglary, and stealing.
The squad says the suspect entered the R.D and Tiny Shepard's home with the intention to rob and kill.
"This was a planned home invasion, to rob and kill the individuals," said Brad Bartlett of the Major case squad. "It doesn't get more brutal than that."
Lyndale Henderson's family members also came to the announcement. They say police have it all wrong.
"I just want to know where the evidence is," said Donell Ritter, a cousin of one of the suspects. "I'm sorry that this happened to the family, but Lyndale has nothing to do with this at all."
KOMU spoke with Lyndale Henderson's mother Sunday. She says that her son has a solid alibi. He was at home with family.
The suspects were arrested Saturday, almost a week after the Marshall fire department found 1159 Lafayette Avenue in flames.
Police found the couple dead inside and originally believed they were victims of the fire. But this past Thursday, law enforcement ruled their deaths a double homicide.
"This is a heinous crime," said Christine Estill Shepard's cousin. It has hurt the family, and I honestly hope that justice is served," said Estill.
The Jackson County medical examiner said the couple was beaten to death in their bedroom before their attackers set fire to the room.
Members of the Shepard's family, buried the couple on Thursday.