Man Convicted Of Rape, Murder Of Teen

Jurors To Recommend Sentence

Jurors are expected to give their recommendation Thursday morning about the penalty they think a man should face for killing a Columbus teen.

Jurors convicted Demetrick Shepherd, 22, of rape and murder Wednesday night after deliberating for about four hours. He lowered his head and remained silent as the verdict was read.

Shepherd's victim, Chelsea Porter, 14, was found dead in an apartment in late June. She had been stabbed to death.

Shepherd could face life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Porter, who attended Central Middle School, was found dead shortly after 3 a.m. June 29 in an apartment of a family friend on the east side of the city, about 40 miles south of Indianapolis.

Authorities said Shepherd entered the apartment where she was sleeping to steal some car keys when she awoke and he attacked her, stabbing her 11 times with a butcher knife.

Chelsea Porter

Shepherd testified Tuesday that he and another man had entered the apartment seeking car keys and the other man forced him to rape the girl and then killed her. He said the other man also forced him to dispose of the knife.

The other man, Jonathan Adorno Morales, 23, denied the allegations. He testified that he had never met the girl and had been asleep with his girlfriend when the murder occurred.

Bartholomew County Prosecutor Bill Nash said Shepherd had given four different accounts of his involvement with Porter's death.

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