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Suspect who was 14 at the time, now charged as adult in Dollar General Store murder

Customer shot and killed December 2018
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Posted at 5:18 PM, Sep 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-30 17:32:17-04

INDIANAPOLIS — A suspect who was 14-years-old when he allegedly shot and killed a man during a robbery at a Dollar General Store now faces adult charges, according to the Marion County Prosecutor.

In December 2018, 37-year-old Gregory Raley walked in on an armed robbery at the Dollar General on East Washington Street in Cumberland, just inside the Marion County line.

According to police, one of the suspects, Steven Sheppard, who was 18 at the time, pushed Raley out of the store. Then, Eric Copeland, just 14, allegedly shot Raley. The victim died at the scene.

Sheppard is charged with murder, although Copeland is the alleged triggerman.

Copeland, who is now 16, faces adult murder charges and one count of robbery resulting in serious bodily injury. He has a pre-trial court hearing on October 22.