Woman accused of making false statement in murder case

Zanobia Shepherd
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By: WCTV Eyewitness News
March 8, 2018

VALDOSTA, Ga. (WCTV) -- The Valdosta Police Department has arrested a woman who they say admitted to making a false statement during a murder investigation.

Zanobia Shepherd, 43, of Valdosta, is facing felony charges.

According to VPD, during the trial of defendant Timothy Wiggins, Jr., Shepherd testified in court on March 6 that she lied to Valdosta Police on August 17, 2015 in regards to her account of the murder of Anthony Barber.

Officials say that Shepherd testified on body-camera video that she witnessed Wiggins carrying a handgun right after she heard gunshots outside of her home on Ricardo Street.

During her testimony under oath on March 6, she admitted to providing false evidence during her 2015 interview.

Nevertheless, the Valdosta Police Department says they had two eyewitness accounts of the murder, and the defendant Wiggins was found guilty of murder on March 7.

VPD Chief Brian Childress says that Shepherd’s conduct was "unacceptable and will not be tolerated."

Chief Childress says Shepherd is now facing a possible one to five years in prison.

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