A Benton County man has been charged with 2nd Degree Murder for a shooting that took place Friday night just outside Lincoln.

According to a press release from the Benton County Sheriff's Department, on January 12, authorities were notified of a possible shooting victim at a mobile home park, located at 19078 Zion Church Road, just outside Lincoln city limits.

Deputies arrived and found 27-year old Caleb L.D. Shephard outside the residence with a gunshot wound in his abdomen.

Deputies and EMS provided aid but Shephard later died from injuries.

The residence was occupied by 21-year old William J. Heffernan. After the initial investigation, Heffernan was arrested for the shooting death of Shephard.

Heffernan has been charged with 2nd Degree Murder, Armed Criminal Action, and Tampering with Evidence. His bond was set at $100,000.

The investigation is ongoing.


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