Arrest Affidavits Reveal Details of Murder of Candice Shields

Published 04/26 2013 05:43PM

Updated 04/26 2013 11:11PM

Arrest affidavits we've now obtained reveal the details of the night a 20-year-old Graham woman was killed in December of 2011.

Authorities say they believe Jeremy Thornburg killed Candice Shields because she was seeing other men, and their reports say Thornburg found text messages involving other men on Shields' phone that upset him.

Both Thornburg and Lajuana Long are indicted for Shields' murder.

According to arrest affidavits, Thornburg was in a relationship with a woman and in an argument, he told her quote "I'm going to shoot you in the face just like I did Candice."

During the course of that domestic violence investigation, Sweetwater police say they seized a handgun from Thornburg.

The affidavit states Thornburg drove to Graham on the night of Dec. 10, 2011, and on his way, contacted Long and told her he was going there to kill Shields.

It says Thornburg then picked up Shields from her grandparents' home in Graham and drove her to a remote location.

The affidavit states Thornburg shot Shields once in the face but noticed that didn't kill her, so he shot her two more times at close range.

Then authorities allege Thornburg drove to Long's home in Graham where she gave him bottles of bleach to pour over Shields' body to destroy evidence that could link Thornburg to the murder.

Investigators say Long told them she and Thornburg talked about also using battery acid to accelerate the decomposition of Shields' body and told authorities where they'd be able to find Shields' body.

She reportedly told investigators she'd lied about her involvement because Thornburg told her to do so.

Authorities say the handgun Thornburg used to threaten his girlfriend in Sweetwater is the same gun he used to kill Shields.

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