Trey Shepherd’s whole life was a lie. Growing up in the foster care
system, Trey fostered resentment for the mother who abandoned him. In
Law school he met wealthy James Kenyon, III. When James died in a boating
accident, Trey took on his identity to bolster his business prospects.
Trey made a name for himself as a ruthless criminal litigant.
There was no case Trey wanted to try more than that of Proteus, Vanessa
Bennett. Trey had learned that Vanessa was her biological mother. So to
make her pay, Trey began to sabotage her case. He chalked up his blatant
errors to human error. All the while, he planned to uncover the location
of her diamond fortune as a consolation for his hardened childhood.
Trey knew Chris Stamp had meticulous notes about the whereabouts of Vanessa’s
fortune. Trey broke into the Linden House to retrieve the notes. To cover
his tracks, he started a fire. Then, he defended prime suspect Kendall
Hart with the sole purpose of incriminating her so she would take the
fall for the crime.
Leo duPres secretly investigated Trey’s past. He confronted Trey
about his true motives. Trey admitted that he knew Vanessa was his mother
all along. Vanessa then revealed that Trey was the result of her affair
with actor Richard Fields, Kendall’s father. Trey wanted a relationship
with Kendall and admitted to framing her for arson. Kendall promised to
Trey had helped Mia Saunders put her son, William, up for adoption. William’s
father, Dr. Frank Hubbard had no clue about his existence. Trey blackmailed
Mia for his silence.
Trey was at Miller Falls when Leo and Vanessa seemingly fell to their
deaths. Trey rescued Leo’s wife, Greenlee duPres, who Vanessa had
left for dead hanging on a ledge. Trey tried to make up his past indiscretions
by caring for Leo’s wife after his demise.
2003: Trey's brother David Hayward enlisted Trey’s
help after Reggie Porter held Anna Devane at knifepoint in the Front Street
Clinic. Trey kept Reggie out of prison. He even volunteered to become
his guardian. Trey wanted Reggie to see how people could change for the
better. He confided in Reggie some of his past crimes, including the Linden
Reggie was taken into custody again after being found at the scene of
a crime. To get a deal, he told District Attorney Jackson Montgomery about
Trey’s role in the Linden arson. Trey was taken into custody and
sentenced to five years in prison.