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.