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$1 million bond set for man arrested in connection to Frank Q. Jackson's death

Robert Shepard court
Posted at 9:25 AM, Oct 29, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-29 17:32:54-04

CLEVELAND — The man who was arrested in connection with the shooting death of Frank Q. Jackson, Cleveland mayor Frank Jackson's grandson, appeared in court Friday.

Robert Shepard was arraigned Friday on an aggravated murder charge.

Shepard was given a $1 million dollar cash surety bond.

During the arraignment, a preliminary hearing was set for Nov. 8 at 8:30 a.m.

Shepard is accused of directing Jackson to a location on Anita Kennedy Avenue near East 70th Street in Cleveland on Sept. 19, where Jackson was shot and killed.

Court documents do not indicate who fired the shots that killed Jackson.

Jackson died after being shot multiple times in the head, arm and upper back.

Shortly after the shooting, crime scene investigators were seen taking several apparent pieces of evidence from a dumpster at the scene including an unspecified number of shell casings, a cell phone, as well as a red dirt bike. The medical examiner said the dirt bike was lying near Jackson's body.

According to state records, this isn't the first time Shepard has been accused of a crime.

In fact, the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction shows the 29-year old has been to prison twice.

According to prison records, he was first locked up in 2014 and served nearly two years for weapons charges and attempted aggravated burglary.

Then, two years after his release, records show Shepard was sent back to prison.

According to court records, in 2018, he was sentenced for possession of heroin, fentanyl and attempted failure to comply with police.

Records show Shepard was just released from state prison on March 24, 2021.

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