Nacogdoches man charged with intoxication in March fatality

Charles Shepherd mug shot courtesy of Nacogdoches County Jail.
Charles Shepherd mug shot courtesy of Nacogdoches County Jail.

BEAUMONT, TX (News Release) - By Jeff Awtrey - email

NACOGDOCHES, Texas (KTRE) - It took 10 months, but Nacogdoches Police have made an arrest in a traffic accident which claimed the life of a Nacogdoches man.

Charles Lavin Shepherd Sr., 55, is charged with intoxicated manslaughter.

Lt. Paul Peterson said police submitted a blood test to the Department of Public Safety in March, after the wreck. It took several months for that test to come back. When it did, prosecutors took the case to a Nacogdoches County grand jury, who indicted Shepherd in December.

Peterson said police were not immediately aware of the indictment. Once they were, they served the warrant to him. He was booked into the Nacogdoches County Jail on Friday.

"It was just a case that fell through the cracks," Peterson said.

According to a previous report, the wreck occurred on the intersection of East Main Street and Greer Street at 3:47 p.m.

Preliminary investigation has revealed that a 1995 Oldsmobile Cutlass, driven by Shepherd,  was westbound in the 1800 block of East Main Street and turned left onto Greer Street into the path of a 1997 Ford Explorer, driven by Danielle McFarland, age 34, of Nacogdoches.

A passenger in the Oldsmobile, Lonnie J. Nobles, age 64 of Nacogdoches, was pronounced dead shortly after arrival at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital.

Both drivers and a passenger in the Ford Explorer, Sadie Gray, age 80, of Nacogdoches were transported to the hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

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