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Indiana Supreme Court refuses to hear Alyssa Shepherd appeal

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INDIANAPOLIS (Network Indiana): Alyssa Shepherd stays in prison for now. The Indiana Supreme Court will not hear her appeal.

Shepherd, 26, is serving four years in prison for hitting four children and killing three of them when she sped past a school bus with its stop arm extended on Oct. 30, 2018, in Fulton County.

Shepherd’s lawyers argued that the state did not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that she was driving recklessly when she hit and killed Alivia Stahl, 9, and twin brothers Xavier and Mason Ingle. Her truck also hit a fourth child who survived, but with severe injuries.

The court left the felony convictions of reckless homicide and criminal recklessness intact, but threw out the misdemeanor conviction of reckless driving.

Shepherd’s lawyers attempted to get her felony convictions thrown out on technicalities related to instructions to the jury. That argument was rejected.

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Tired of this December 23, 2020 at 11:57 am

She’s claiming she wasn’t driving recklessly when driving through an extended bus Stop arm running over three children killing them? My God, she only got 4 years in prison. That takes a special kind of arrogance to continue to appeal that. May this be forever burned into everyone’s memory that she knows or ever meets.

Tired of this December 29, 2020 at 2:52 pm

Definition of reckless
1: marked by lack of proper caution : careless of consequences

Is this something you can add to this comments section wowo? Why didn’t include my previous entry? Censorship advocates?

Miya Clark April 20, 2021 at 10:07 pm

Alyssa Shepherd was cautious. Her brother confirmed their conversation to that fact as neither could clearly identify the vehicle ahead. She didn’t just ‘blow through’ a bus stop sign. She couldn’t see it because it was dark and the vehicle in front of her was too wide, eclipsing her ability to see the sign. There is nothing ‘reckless’ in her nature. Nothing about Alyssa Shepherd’s character suggested that she was ever ‘reckless’ at anything. If she was a ‘reckless’ kinda person, on the road or off, the thousands of self-righteous ‘judges’ all over the country would have reported it and it would have been used against her at trial. This was a epic tragedy. But it was a judgement call that went south, it wasn’t due to any reckless driving on Alyssa’s part. I’m reminded of the Salem Witch Trials, where my ancestor was one of the main accusors. We haven’t come very far since then in America, and that too, is a tragedy. In fact, I’d say we’ve spiraled way beyond those trials. This country cried out for Alyssa’s blood, and even if she had been ‘reckless’, it still didn’t rise to the level of manslaughter or homicide. Huge overreaction by a posturing, lame political fraction in Indiana trying to milk their moment of fame. Utter failures. On a related and hypocritical note, the pre meditated attack against her by Ingle, authorities who failed to protect Alyssa in custody, also failed to charge her with any crime. It was a violent attack and she may very well suffer from a head injury. Where were the judges when Ingle committed her crimes? Hypocrites.

JWC August 30, 2021 at 4:47 pm

So, she was never drove down that road before? She wasn’t aware that school buses were out that early in the morning? She didn’t see the flashing lights? Stop making excuses for irresponsible behavior. And comparing that incident to the Salem witch trials is about the most asinine comment I’ve ever heard anybody make. If this had been one of your children, I wonder what kind of remarks you would be making.


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