During his testimony Thursday, Shewmaker said he met McQuirt in June 2012, and in October of that year the relationship had became intimate. He said he began to spending more time with McQuirt and would often make visits to her family home, where he met her children and husband, but she had introduced her husband to him as her brother.
Shewmaker’s testimony included him providing McQuirt and her family with money and gifts, “ … up to $20,000, maybe more,” he told the court.
In the early morning hours the day of the murder, Shewmaker said he had been told while at a Louisville strip club that the relationship was a scam, carried out by McQuirt and her husband, and that he wasn’t their first victim.
Hours later, he searched for McQuirt’s vehicle, which he had purchased for her in November 2012, in a Clarksville neighborhood. He found the vehicle parked in front of a duplex. Shewmaker testified that after McQuirt refused to come to the door he had approached twice, he used a pocket knife to slash the tires of the car.
He said he got into his pickup truck and McQuirt had then came out of the duplex armed with a .44 Magnum Desert Eagle firearm.
Shewmaker testified that he feared for his life and responded by retrieving a 9 mm handgun in the console area of his vehicle and shot McQuirt in her face. He is believed to have fired three additional rounds, one of which stuck McQuirt in the back as she ran from him.
He did not call authorities to report the incident and was arrested at his home nearly two hours later.
Shewmaker is scheduled to be sentenced between 45 to 65 years in the Indiana Department of Correction Dec. 2 in Clark County Circuit Court No. 1.