EXAMINING THE EVENTS IN THE TYNESHA STEWART MURDER
11:47 AM CDT on Tuesday, March 27, 2007
By Juanita Jimenez / 11 News
Timothy Wayne Shepherd remains in the Harris County Jail on $250,000 bond.Hes charged with murder in the killing of 19-year-old Tynesha Stewart, a Texas A&M University student who was killed while home for spring break.TIMELINE March 15 - Tynesha Stewart last seen after she and Timothy Wayne Shepherd left her mothers apartment in Humble. Its believed the 19-year-old was dismembered and her body parts were burned in two barbecue grills on Shepherds northwest Harris County apartment patio. Shepherds neighbors said he was barbecuing at all hours for two days at a time, at his apartment.March 16 Shepherds neighbors become alarmed after seeing dark-colored smoke billowing from Shepherds patio. A firefighter and Harris County deputy arrives at the apartment; Shepherd says everything is under control.
From the time this story broke almost three weeks ago, it has been a combination of turmoil for the deceased young ladys family, cold, callous disregard from the sheriffs department, anger and rage from the citizens of Houston, a call from a well-known rescue group to search for the young ladys remains, to a defendant who constantly has changed his story again and again, from the time the public became aware of this missing young lady.
Tynesha Stewart was a pretty, young student attending the Texas A* M University. She had a promising life ahead of her. But, that life was cut short by her murder at the hands of her ex-boyfriend, Timothy Shepherd.
The following is a composite of how her life ended, how her family reported her missing to the office of Sheriff Tommy Thomas, whose office told the family that the young lady probably went off away on her own, and that they, the family should come back the following Monday to report her as missing; how 3 days later, due to callousness because of inept follow-through, the sheriffs department allowed precious time, and evidence , to be lost in not starting their investigation procedure sooner, rather than later; how the ex-boyfriends confession started out as his having put the young ladys remains into a garbage dumpster near his apartment complex; how his story changed again, and again: 1. he killed her, and dumped her body in a garbage dumpster; 2. he killed her and dismembered her, putting her remains into plastic trash bags, and then put the remains into a garbage dumpster; 3. now this latest revelation, that he killed her, dismembered her, and burned her remains on a barbeque grill, on his apartment patio.
His apartment patio?
In broad daylight?
An entire human body burned and charred to ashes on a barbeque grill?
But, the question remains:
Where are the remains of Ms. Stewart?
Surely no one can be expected to believe that Ms. Stewarts remains were completely charred into ashes just from the flames of a barbeque grill. There does not exist any known mass-manufactered grills sold in America that can reach the temperature needed to reduce a human beings remains to ashes, without the temperature reaching at least 2,000 to 2,500 degrees Farenheit.
If this was a young white woman who went missing, and her parents went to the sheriff to report her missing, would he have taken so long to start the search as he did for this young black lady?
Would he have shown so much obstinance in not immediately using all the resources at his command to search until he exhausted all leads to search for this young lady if she was white?
What do you think?