Eighteen-Member Grand Jury Issues Murder Indictment

The Bay County grand jury has indicted a Mexico Beach man accused of killing his landlord.

Thirty-two-year-old Aaron Scott Garner is charged with first-degree murder in the July 20 beating death of 57-year-old Rebecca Shepherd. Investigators say hit Shepherd over the head with a large stick and then tried to rape her.

Then, police say Shepherd began screaming, so Garner beat her to death with a rock.

Witnesses told investigators Garner had been angry with Shepherd about the amount of rent she was charging him to rent a room in her mobile home.

State Attorney Steve Meadows says prosecutors will convene a death penalty qualifications committee to decide whether or not to seek the death penalty against Garner.