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Courts » Convicted boater testifies for the prosecution in trial for his two friends.

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Shepherd initially told investigators he knew nothing about the swimmer, but eventually came to their office with his attorney, Glen Neeley, and confessed about the encounter.

Raines and Boyer have never talked with police.

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Defense attorneys Rebecca Skordas and Greg Skordas took issue with Shepherd’s testimony on Tuesday before he even took the stand, saying they were never informed that Shepherd had agreed to testify until Tuesday morning.

After prosecutors offered Shepherd immunity for his testimony, Shepherd said he decided to testify because he wanted to tell the truth, and did not want to be charged with contempt of court or obstruction of justice for not testifying.

"I just want to do the right thing," Shepherd said Tuesday. "Be honest, tell the truth. But at the same time, I don’t want any prosecution or felonies."

Shepherd indicated that he planned to appeal his sentence, but has not hired a lawyer to represent him in the appeal. On Tuesday, he was represented by public defender Shawn Young because Neeley resigned from the case after Shepherd was sentenced.

The trial is expected to resume on Thursday.


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