The Mechanicsville woman charged in February for attacking her 11-year-old son with an ax and attempting to burn down her home with herself and her three children inside will not have her day in court until the fall.
In addition to original charges of arson and malicious assault, Kimberly Shepperson will also face two attempted capital murder charges relating to the Feb. 21 incident when she appears before a jury Oct. 7, court records show.
The specific attempted murder charges stem from a section of criminal code that deals with “the willful, deliberate, and premeditated” killing of a person under the age of 14 by a person age 21 or older.
The new charges follow a May 21 grand jury indictment. A preliminary hearing scheduled for May 28 was withdrawn, according to court records.
On Feb. 21, Hanover authorities responded to Shepperson’s home in the 8200 block of Bultaco Trail for what was originally a house fire call.
In a statement released on Feb. 23, investigators from the Sheriff’s Office and Hanover Fire Marshal’s Office said that on the morning of the fire, Shepperson assaulted her 11-year-old son with an axe, which incapacitated him. Authorities further claimed that she then set two fires inside of the residence with the intention of killing her 11-year-old, and her two remaining children, ages 10 months and 7, as well as herself.
Shepperson was arrested Feb. 22 and arraigned in Hanover County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court on Feb. 25.