Niece takes stand in Sherman murder case
Guardian Senior Reporter
Published: Oct 03, 2013
The girl who was with banker Stephen Sherman when he was shot dead outside his home last year was the prosecution’s final witness in his widow’s murder-for-hire trial yesterday.
Sherman’s widow, Renea, is accused of conspiring with Janaldo Farrington and Cordero Bethell to kill her husband.
Farrington and Bethell are charged with murder and armed robbery that occurred on February 17, 2012.
Mrs. Sherman’s niece, Tenaj Hunt, said a gunman with a bandana covering his mouth made her and Mr. Sherman kneel on the grass in front of his home on Yamacraw Shores.
She said the man, whom she described as “very dark and short”, shot her uncle-in-law after robbing them of a small amount of cash and a cell phone.
Pathologist Dr. Caryn Sands said the barrel of the gun was about one to two inches from Sherman’s head.
Farrington, the man whom prosecutors alleged was the hitman contracted to kill Sherman, is fair-skinned.
In his alleged confession, Farrington said a “woman wanted her husband dead” because he used to beat her and had a “big insurance”.
According to the statement, Farrington was recruited by his cousin Jermaine Russell, who showed him the Shermans’ house and provided the gun.
Hunt said police did not ask her to attend an identification parade.
She said that Sherman picked her up from home because she was supposed to do her hair.
Hunt said she was “surprised” when Mr. Sherman picked her up because her aunt was supposed to collect her.
In response to a question from Murrio Ducille, who represents all of the defendants, Hunt said Mr. Sherman had picked her up before.
The case continues today.