A preliminary hearing has been set for a former Aberdeen woman charged with killing a fellow former Aberdonian in her care.
Cassandra Shepard requested the preliminary hearing in court Monday, Alicia Cook of the Salt Lake County district attorney's office said by email. The hearing will be 8:30 a.m. on Oct. 7, Cook said.
Shepard, 27, is charged with murder, aggravated abuse of a disabled adult and obstructing justice in the death of Christina Harms. Shepard was related to and legal guardian of Harms, 22, an Aberdeen Central High School graduate and former Special Olympics athlete who had fetal alcohol syndrome.
Shepard’s mother, Sherrie Beckering, 50, and stepfather, Dale Beckering, 52, are charged with intentional aggravated abuse of a disabled adult. They pleaded not guilty last month and have another hearing set for Monday.
All are former Aberdeen residents, and all face up to life in prison if convicted.
Harms’ body was found March 25 at the Kearns, Utah, home she shared with Shepard and the Beckerings. Authorities said abuse Harms suffered included her being bound in a crucifixion manner to a metal bar in a closet.