Bond is set at $500,000 for a man charged with murder in the death of 13-year-old Macala Shelton of Iberia. 30-year-old Steven Henderson allegedly stabbed the girl to death with a large survival knife. Shelton had been last seen alive on Friday night at her home in Iberia. She was reported missing Saturday afternoon. Her body was found in a wooded area at an unoccupied farm near Iberia.
Miller County Sheriff Bill Abbott held a news conference Monday afternoon. His office issued this news release:
On June 22, the Miller County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a missing 13-year old girl. At that time, a door to door search of the area was conducted with the assistance of the Iberia Volunteer Fire Department and residents of Iberia.
Investigators then began conducting interviews with family and friends as to the possible whereabouts of the missing juvenile. During the course of the investigation, investigators were led to an occupied farm near Iberia. While searching the wooded area of the farm, the body of the missing juvenile was located. The juvenile was identified as Macala Shelton of Iberia.
During the investigation, investigators identified Steven Henderson as a person of interest. Steven Henderson, age 30 of Iberia, was brought to the Miller County Sheriff’s Office for questioning and subsequently placed on a 24-hour investigative hold while evidence was being collected.
A search warrant was later executed at the residence of the missing juvenile, 102 North St. Louis in Iberia. While executing the search warrant of the home, weapons possibly relating to the juveniles death were recovered.
Steven Henderson was interviewed during the course of the investigation and provided a statement concerning the juvenile’s disappearance and death.
On June 23, Miller County Prosecuting Attorney Matt Howard filed charges of 1st degree murder and Armed Criminal Action against Henderson. Henderson is currently being held in the Miller County Jail on a $500,000 bond.
Sheriff Bill Abbott notes that the investigation into the case and forensic testing will be ongoing. Authorities do not currently expect any other charges to be made in connection with the case.