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Cop Killer Escapes Death, After Testifying 'It Felt Good' To Kill Sgt.

March 05, 2011  | 

A man who confessed to fatally shooting a suburban St. Louis officer because he was white received life without parole from a jury who decided to spare his life this morning, reports KMOX.

Earlier this week, Todd Shepard was convicted for shooting University City (Mo.) Police Sgt. Michael King in 2008, as the officer sat in his squad car. During his murder trial, Shepard said he killed Sgt. King in hopes of "starting a revolution."

He testified that he didn't regret the crime, had the goal of killing a white officer and would have fired another hundred rounds if he had them.

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Comments (26)

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Really? @ 3/5/2011 5:48 PM

How is it even possible that this quality citizen did not get the death penalty?

Michael @ 3/6/2011 4:05 AM

What a piece of shit. This is that liberal system that hits us again. This guy should be excuted asap......but no, we will spend millions of dollars to spare his life. This ass will kill some guard or another someone else....and we will give him another life term. Not only that this guy said he wanted to kill a "white cop", just the fact he took a life of a police officer should have given him death. What a FU system we are working with today.

Wow @ 3/6/2011 10:04 AM

If it was the other way around it would be all over the national news. That jury needs taken out back and beat.

EagleBlue @ 3/7/2011 4:03 PM

More than likely the scumbag had jurors who, deep down, are sympathetic to his actions and statements during the trial... perhaps the justice lost in this case will be served with the help of his prison mates.

Bart Ellison @ 3/7/2011 4:08 PM

There is no excuse for this!Where is the criminal justice system at!Are we afraid to do what is right,because of civil liberties?

Catalyst @ 3/7/2011 4:11 PM

Shepard had part of it right. There is a dire need for a revolution for the Conservative law abiding people to take back this country from the Liberal garbage that has taken over. We have been "the silent majority" for way too long and it is time we took this country back in the name of the values that it was founded on and show these Liberals the door. It begins by making your values and ethics known and then by working hard to see that change continues at the ballot box.

lamigraman @ 3/7/2011 4:13 PM

Anyone care to bet me on whether or not the media reports on this obvious 'hate crime' and the outcome. I agree that if it were a white murderer and any minority victim it would be a national story, if not international. R.I.P. Sgt King.

Guardian14 @ 3/7/2011 4:19 PM

Off with his head

mini28 @ 3/7/2011 4:47 PM

I hope this POS get raped to death in jail and he likes being someones bitch. Then when he dies I hope it feels good to him to have hot fire and brimstone burning in his ass. What kind of sorry ass juries and judges we have these days! Screw life in prison. More of these miscreants need to be put to death and not by lethal injection either. The punishment needs to fit the crime.

sad day @ 3/7/2011 4:59 PM

What a sad state we are in when we have to pray that other prisoners bring about the punishment that the "justice system" should have done to this guy. In reality he will probably be viewed as a hero in prison. what a shame.

HarryCallahan @ 3/7/2011 7:13 PM

Un-freakin-believable that he can make those statements and some liberal jury would NOT sentence him to death..what is our worl coming to? Makes you wonder....

DaveSam25G @ 3/8/2011 12:20 AM

The old west had a punishment version fitting for these types... bury them up to their head next to a red ant (Fire Ants) colony...("starting a colony revolution.")

kathy @ 3/8/2011 4:32 AM

And this man was spared the death penalty,,,,,what is wrong with our system...he should rot in hell a slow painful death

idapopo @ 3/8/2011 4:48 AM

What kind of message is being sent to these POS's that want to kill us. This country needs to send a message that an eye for an eye! How about if you kill a cop you die end of story.

Nick @ 3/8/2011 5:16 AM

Well the ACLU and NAACP are not going to say a word about it and if they did they would blame the Slain Officer for his own death. It is sad but after 20+ in the Military and 12 as a Police Officer in So Cal our country needs a hard slap in the face to try and wake it up. So is this guy part of the Black version of the KKK so it is okay. I hope the Illegal’s don’t start doing the same thing… ooops to late!

Dennis @ 3/8/2011 5:31 AM

Maybe the killer should be let go altogether and just pre-inform all Police detatchments of his whereabouts and photo.

Vince @ 3/8/2011 6:05 AM

He should be retried under a federal hate crime and then be put to death.

scpdblue @ 3/8/2011 12:27 PM

this racist scumbag should have been taken out back of the court house,placed against a wall and shot. This is a miscarriage of justice.

BT @ 3/8/2011 1:36 PM

St Louis is a hole.

Karl @ 3/8/2011 6:34 PM

very good except for suspects response during the trial, to bad he didn't get death.

Carlos @ 3/8/2011 6:41 PM

How is it possible that this individual was allowed by a "deliberating" Jury to see more days ahead of him whle

Sgt. King's Family will deliberate for the rest of their lives " Why"

Carlos @ 3/8/2011 6:46 PM

His words 'It Felt Good' To Kill Sgt.

those are not the words of a mentally illed individual, those are the words of a stone cold killer. damn ............ shame on those jurors

ROB ROY SELF @ 3/8/2011 7:34 PM

This had nothing to do with a liberal system letting this scum bag get off with a life sentence. It has everything to do with a jury of his peer's letting this P.O.S get away with murdering a Police Officer. I also know Karma will bite everyone one of those sorry scum bags in the ass on that jury that let him do it.

DRM @ 3/9/2011 8:11 AM

This has nothing to do with liberal systems it is just ignorance of using the death penalty as a deterrant. My apologies to the family, friends and department: this guy should have received the death penalty. RIP PO King

annie @ 3/10/2011 12:16 PM

this pos should've got the death penalty ,he has no regard for human life! he killed a cop why the hell does he get the right to live!!!!!!!!!!

r hampshire @ 3/17/2011 3:18 PM

This scums trail should have been at 11:00, he should have been hung at 12:00, and if his attorney had any appeals that should have been at 1:00.

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