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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Former teacher's trial could be set in July

  • Shepard’s trial, which is wrapped around charges of second-degree statutory rape, second-degree statutory sodomy and sexual contact with student by teacher, will take place in Monroe County Court but all other proceedings are taking place at the Marion County Courthouse in Hannibal.


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  • Eric Bond said “everything is 50/50” Monday morning after he and his client stood before Judge Rachel Bringer.
    Bond represents Randy Shepard, the former Palmyra High School teacher accused of having a sexual relationship with a female student.
    The pair spent less than five minutes in front of Bringer for Monday’s hearing where it was decided to wait until 9 a.m. July 2 to see if that would be the best time to set up trial dates. Shepard’s trial, which is wrapped around charges of second-degree statutory rape, second-degree statutory sodomy and sexual contact with student by teacher, will take place in Monroe County Court but all other proceedings are taking place at the Marion County Courthouse in Hannibal.
    “More information is coming in all the time,” Bond said.
    He said between now and July 2, there could be enough time to be prepared to set trial dates, but there’s never really full certainty in any case.
    Shepard, who taught communication arts and was an assistant football coach, is being held at the Marion County Jail in Palmyra on $100,000 cash-only bond. Two attempts to reduce that bond have been denied.

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