Police make arrest in Matthew Holt murder case

Police make arrest in Matthew Holt murder case (Photo: Police)

(KUTV) Investigators arrested a man in connection with the Easter Sunday murder of Matthew Holt in South Salt Lake.

Jeffery Ray Shephard, 36, faces charges of murder, aggravated robbery, and evidence tampering after allegedly robbing and shooting Holt, 46, in the parking lot of an industrial business near 3200 South 900 West.

An off-duty South Salt Lake officer spotted a silver Chevy Sonic in Tooele Sunday night that matched the description of the vehicle from Holt’s murder.

The officer called for assistance from Tooele County authorities who pulled Shepard over and arrested him.

“[Shephard] told officers during the interview that he basically demanded money from him and shot him,” South Salt Lake Police Sgt. Gary Keller said.

Shepard is in the Salt Lake County Jail. Detectives brought his Chevy Sonic to South Salt Lake Police headquarters Monday morning.

“What a break for our officer to see that and then follow it and have it be the vehicle,” Keller said.

Shepard’s criminal record in Utah does not show anything more than traffic infractions several years ago.

Keller did not say anything about a possible motive for the murder, or how Holt and Shephard met that morning.

2News is following the investigation and will have a full report on 2News at 5 & 6.


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