'Woman wanted husband dead'
Guardian Senior Reporter
Published: Oct 02, 2013
An alleged hit man admitted that he played a role in a murder-for-hire plot after learning that a “woman wanted her husband dead”, a Supreme Court jury heard yesterday.
Within hours of his arrest on February 24, 2012, Janaldo Farrington allegedly told police how his cousin Jermaine Russell recruited him to commit the murder of banker Stephen Sherman.
However, Farrington’s lawyer Murrio Ducille has alleged that the purported confession was obtained through police brutality after police cut his air supply by placing a plastic bag laced with ammonia over his head.
Farrington is on trial for Sherman’s murder outside his home in Yamacraw Shores on February 17.
Mr. Sherman’s widow, Renea, is on trial for conspiracy to commit murder and Cordero Bethel, who allegedly drove the getaway car, also faces a murder charge.
They have denied the allegations at their trial before Justice Roy Jones.
According to testimony, police arrested Farrington at 11:30 a.m. at an apartment on Cowpen Road.
By 4:05 p.m, he had allegedly waived his right to an attorney and detailed his involvement in the plot to bump off Mr. Sherman.
Sergeant 527 Basil Evans, who recorded the statement, claimed that Farrington told him that Russell, who is also known as Timer, approached him about a “play” on February 15.
Farrington said that he was informed that a “woman wanted her husband dead because he used to beat her and he had a big insurance”.
The following day, Farrington said, Timer showed him the yellow two story house where the target lived so he “could deal with the vibe”.
He said that Timer gave him a silver 9mm handgun.
Farrington said he saw Bethel, who is also his cousin, in Pinewood Gardens in a gray Honda that “looked hot”.
Farrington said that he “told him the vibe” and asked for a ride.
Farrington said he spoke to Timer, who said “the woman had sent her husband out”.
Farrington said Bethel parked the car on the corner. They waited on the corner.
According to the statement, Timer called a second time to say that the husband was coming home.
Farrington said they followed a white Jeep in front of the house. He said he made a man and young woman walk to the side of the house and get on their knees.
Farrington said he told them it was a robbery. The man tossed $41 behind him.
According to the statement, Farrington picked up the money and shot Sherman in the back of the head.
Farrington said he went to the getaway car. He said Timer collected the gun about 20 minutes later.
Russell was charged with conspiracy to commit murder but prosecutors dropped the case against him several months later.