Guardian Senior Reporter
Published: Oct 04, 2013
A judge yesterday directed the acquittals of a woman accused of arranging her husband’s murder and one of the alleged killers due to lack of evidence.
The decision left the family of the deceased, Stephen Sherman, devastated. He was shot dead outside his Yamacraw Shores home on February 17, 2012.
Prosecutors charged Renea Sherman with conspiracy to commit her husband’s murder and abetting the crime.
Cordero Bethell and Janaldo Farrington were accused of carrying out the plot and armed robbery.
Justice Roy Jones upheld no case to answer submissions in relation to Sherman and Bethell after the prosecution closed its case without presenting evidence linking them to the crime.
Jones ruled that police had presented sufficient evidence against Farrington to require him to present a defense to the allegations.
Prosecutors presented a reported confession in which Farrington allegedly revealed the motive for Sherman’s death and his involvement. Farrington has denied giving the confession.
In the alleged confession, Farrington said that he was approached about “a play” in which a “woman wanted her husband dead because he used to beat her”.
Farrington said his cousin, Jermaine Russell, showed him the Shermans’ home and gave him a gun. He said that he asked Bethell to drive him to the scene.
According to the statement, Russell called Farrington and told him the wife had sent her husband out.
Farrington said they waited until Sherman returned. He said he forced Sherman and a young woman to get on their knees and robbed them.
According to the statement, he said that after getting the money he shot Sherman in the back of the head and got back into the car.
By law, a statement allegedly made by an accused person which implicates a fellow defendant is generally only evidence against the person who allegedly made the statement.