Dexter Shepherd
Photo: Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office
Photo: Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office

Conyers man allegedly strangles girlfriend during argument

A Conyers man took his dying girlfriend to a hospital Friday night, telling medical staff he found her unconscious at home.

The next day, police arrested the man, accusing him of choking her to death.

Dexter Shepherd, 52, faces a murder charge in the death of Katherine Smith, 52, the Conyers Police Department said in a news release Monday. He took her to Piedmont Rockdale Hospital on Friday night, and she died hours later about 1 a.m. Saturday.

Nurses and Rockdale County Coroner’s Office investigators told police Shepherd gave at least two versions of the story about what happened to Smith leading up to the medical emergency, the release said. That prompted the department to obtain a search warrant for his home off Rockbridge Road.

Officers found a “choke hold type restraint,” with which  Shepherd allegedly used to strangle Smith during an argument, the release said. He tried to revive her using CPR, but was not successful, the release said. He didn’t call 911, instead driving her to the hospital.

He was booked into the Rockdale County Jail. has reached out to the sheriff’s office for his mug shot and custody information.

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