Autopsy ordered sealed
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The autopsy report in the Cheyenne Green shooting was ordered sealed by 115th District Judge Lauren Parish after it was released to an area newspaper, a spokeswoman for Pct. 4 Justice of the Peace W.V. Ray’s office told The Mirror Thursday.

When The Mirror sought a copy of the autopsy, Sherry Jewkes-Larsen, a clerk in Ray’s office, said the report was sealed at Upshur County District Attorney Billy Byrd’s request. He was not immediately available for comment.

Byrd had told The Mirror earlier that Mrs. Jewkes-Larsen released the report to the Longview News-Journal without the newspaper filing a public information request for it, and that this was a “problem” because he could have redacted (blacked out) certain portions of the report before its release.

Byrd said he was unaware Mrs. Jewkes-Larsen had released the document, and that he had called the victim’s family to apologize.

The Longview newspaper reported the autopsy found that the 29-year-old Miss Green was shot three times, died of gunshot wounds, and that she also suffered impacts to her head and other areas. She was slain in the parking lot of Gilmer High School Sept. 26 during a junior high football game at nearby Buckeye Stadium, and the father of her child, 32-year-old Jonathan Ray Shepherd of Gilmer, has been charged with capital murder.

As reported last month in The Mirror, Gilmer police Investigator Roxanne Warren said in the capital murder complaint she filed against Shepherd that she attended the autopsy at a facility outside of Tyler and “knows that the victim was shot three times.”

No trial date has been set for Shepherd. Byrd said recently the next step in the case would be taking it before the Upshur County Grand Jury.
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