ROCHESTER, Ind. (WPTA21) – Day two in the trial of an Indiana woman who allegedly struck and killed three kids as they tried to get on their school bus last year featured her videotaped interview in the moments after the incident.
Alyssa Shepherd, 24, is on trial in Fulton County, facing five criminal charges, including three counts of Reckless homicide after police said she struck three children trying to get on a school bus in October 2018.
Investigators say twins Xzavier and Mason Ingle, and their 9-year-old sister, Alivia Stahl were killed in the crash. 11-year-old Maverik Lowe was flown to Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne, but has faced a grueling recovery from multiple broken bones and internal injuries.
That interview mentioned was noteworthy, because in it Shepherd showed little emotion right after running over young children, she even seemed a bit detached from what happened.
Testimony about the incident in October of last year indicates Shepherd never really hit the brakes before impact.
The pathologist who examined the bodies says multiple blunt-force trauma injuries were the cause of death to two twin six-year-old boys and their nine-year-old sister.
Autopsy photos shown in the courtroom drew sobs from the mother of the kids.
During a state police officer’s testimony Thursday afternoon, an interview done with Shepherd the same morning of the incident showed she never asked how the kids were doing– she could be seen laughing at times.
To be fair, we don’t know if her demeanor on the outside of the interview reflects what she may have been feeling inside.
Shepherd maintains she saw flashing lights that morning but didn’t recognize that she was approaching a school bus or kids crossing the highway.
This is a court case that has captured much attention in this small community and has left townspeople somewhat divided over Shepherd’s actions.
We are told the biological father of Alivia Stahl, who died in the incident, recorded a message at the local radio station today, urging folks to stop lashing out at Alyssa Shepherd on social media.
Shepherd at one point this morning in court seemed to not be feeling well.
She held onto someone’s arm as she walked out.
No explanation why but after a three-hour delay this morning, one female juror was gone, replaced by an alternate juror.
The judge and lawyers in the case wouldn’t talk about it.
The schedule calls for the case to go to the jury sometime Friday.
ABC21 Reporter Jeff Neumeyer is in Rochester following the trial and will have a live report Thursday at 5 p.m.