Shane Meyerhoffer

Shane Meyerhoffer

A Wilkes County man was found fatally shot near a road in Norcross, Ga., late Monday afternoon, according to media reports in Georgia.

Officers with the Gwinnett County Police Department found the man, later identified as Shane Meyerhoffer, 27, of Hays, near the intersection of Goodwood Boulevard and Pirkle Road.

Officers went to the scene after 911 calls were made reporting gunfire shortly before 5 p.m. Monday. According to media reports, Meyerhoffer appeared to have a single gunshot wound.

Law enforcement officers are investigating a second apparent homicide that occurred late Monday evening in Snellville, also in Gwinnet County. A woman was found fatally shot in the backyard of a home in Snellville about 6:40 p.m. Monday, according to media reports.

Both deaths remain under investigation and initial reports gave no indication of whether the two were or were not related.

On Jan. 16, 2019, Meyerhoffer pleaded guilty in Wilkes Superior Court to involuntary manslaughter for the stabbing death of Anthony Wayne Sheppard. The incident occurred in the Hays community.

Meyerhoffer was sentenced by Judge Stanley Allen of Rockingham County to not less than 17 nor more than 30 months in prison. Meyerhoffer was given credit for 703 days in the Wilkes County Jail awaiting trial and released after sentencing.

In July 2019, Meyerhoffer was tried for first-degree murder in the case, but mistrial was declared by Judge Michael Duncan after jurors were unable to agree on a verdict.

At the time of his death, Meyerhoffer was awaiting trial on several counts of trafficking in methamphetamine and other charges related to selling the drug.

Evidence in the murder trial was that Meyerhoffer stabbed Sheppard after a physical confrontation over a meth deal.  

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