Connecticut man wanted in manslaughter case tracked down in Broward County after 7 years on the run

John Shepard
Posted at 1:17 PM, Feb 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-18 13:29:52-05

OLD SAYBROOK, Conn. (AP) — Police say a Connecticut man who fled the state in 2013 to avoid manslaughter charges in the death of his girlfriend has been apprehended in South Florida.

Old Saybrook police say 49-year-old John Shepard was arrested in Broward County over the weekend.

Police said he was tracked down thanks to tips from the public following a story about his disappearance on WFSB-TV that aired last week.

Authorities says Shepard was drunk when he rolled his Jeep while off-roading in July 2013, crushing his live-in girlfriend, Leah Coleman.

Shepard left the state before police could issue a warrant.