Father to face judge, accused of murdering his 13-year-old daughter

Posted at 5:03 AM, Oct 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-06 18:08:48-04

A Hillsborough County man accused of killing his own daughter will head to court at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, October 11th, for an official first appearance and filing of charges.

On Friday, Shannon was originally scheduled for a bond hearing but he was in the process of trying to reach a private attorney. The state has made the decision to hold him without bond until the hearing on Wednesday. 

Nahshon Shannon, 37, is facing charges of first-degree felony murder, as well as aggravated child abuse, for the death of his daughter Janessa Shannon, 13. 


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There are still a lot of details about the case that have yet to be revealed by investigators, including how exactly Janessa was killed, and what they think Nahshon's motive might have been for the killing back in July. Some of those details may be revealed as the prosecution begins their case against Shannon, who has a history of criminal activity, including charges of burglary, and battery, in Manatee County.

Janessa's body was discovered in the Triple Creek Nature Preserve back in July, about 9 days after she'd first been reported missing by her father. 

ABC Action News plans to be covering the hearing from inside the courtroom and will update here on the web and mobile app if there are any developments.