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Marissa Shephard Found Guilty Of First-Degree Murder For Killing Teenage Boy

Shephard used disguises to evade authorities for 10 weeks in 2016.
Manisha Krishnan
Toronto, CA
May 10, 2018, 3:01pm
Photos of Marissa Shepard via Facebook. 

A New Brunswick woman who infamously hid from authorities for 10 weeks in 2016, has been found guilty of first-degree murder and arson without regard for human life for killing Moncton teen Baylee Wylie.

According to CBC News, the jury took three hours to deliberate before convicting Marissa Shephard, 22, of her crimes. Wylie, who was 18 when he died, was found in December 2015 in a burned out triplex in Moncton, where he’d been tied to a chair, beaten, and stabbed more than 200 times.

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While on the run, Shephard was known for using various disguises to evade authorities. She was arrested in March 2016. While in custody, she was sentenced to four months in jail for spitting in a guard’s face.

Two men—Devin Morningstar, 22, and Tyler Noel, 20, were also convicted in Wylie’s death. Morningstar is serving a life sentence for first-degree murder and arson; Noel is serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole for 16 years after pleading guilty to second-degree murder.

Morningstar told police that he was a drug dealer and on the night Wylie died, all of them had been smoking crack cocaine, according to interrogation records played at his trial. He said he and Shephard wanted to frame Wylie for drug possession. He said Shephard hit Wylie in the head with a glass bong, while Noel covered his face with plastic wrap and beat him. Then he said the three of them stabbed Wylie repeatedly. After he died, Morningstar said he poured bleach on the body and Noel and Shephard set a fire.

Shephard’s crimes come with an automatic life sentence, however she will be back in court in June to determine parole eligibility.

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