Local Murder Suspect Pleads Guilty

A local man has entered a guilty please to a first degree murder charge in the death of a Mexico Beach woman.

Aaron Garner, 32, was charged with the beating death of Rebecca Ann Shepherd in July of last year.

State Attorney Steve Meadows said the victim’s family was in agreement with the plea and asked for a delay in sentencing so family members could be in court at that time.

Ms. Shepherd was Garner's landlord. She rented him a room in her mobile home.

She was beaten to death in an argument which started over a plan to increase the suspect’s monthly rent.

Sentencing is set for 3:00 p.m., March 6, 2006, before Circuit Judge Don T. Sirmons. Garner will be sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole.

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