St. Louis resident Tod Shepard killed a cop in 2008, basing his killing on the biblical story of David versus Goliath. In jail-house letters (produced by the court prosecutor in his current trial), Shepard wrote, “I stood and looked at Goliath. I could have run in fear, but isn’t it good to only fear God?’
In carrying out the killing, Shepard loaded five bullets into his 38-caliber revolver, in imitation of the biblical reference to the “five smooth stones” which David collected in order to kill Goliath.
Earlier testimony claimed that Shepard had been talking to friends for years about his desire to kill a police officer to “start a revolution” and improve the treatment of black people by the government.
(CBS St. Louis)
Tod Shepard will be killed at the conclusion of the trial.