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Prosecutors want new trail for Renea Sherman

Guardian Senior Reporter

Published: Oct 16, 2013

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A woman who prosecutors say arranged her husband’s murder could face a new trial if the Crown successfully convinces the appellate court that a judge was wrong when he directed her acquittal.

Prosecutors last week filed papers challenging the directed acquittals of Renea Sherman and Cordero Bethel in relation to the death of banker Stephen Sherman, who was gunned down outside his home in Yamacraw Shores on February 17, 2012.

Sherman was accused of conspiracy to commit murder and abetment to murder. Bethel, who prosecutors say drove the getaway car, was acquitted of conspiracy to commit murder, murder and armed robbery.

A 2011 amendment to the Criminal Procedure Code gives the Crown the right to challenge acquittals on the direction of a judge on a no-case to answer submission.

Since the amendment, the appellate court has made orders for retrial after finding that the trial judge made errors in law.

In the Sherman matter, the case against alleged hitman Janaldo Farrington went to the jury.

The jurors accepted the contents of Farrington’s confession in which he said he was recruited to kill a man who beat his wife and who had a big insurance policy.

Farrington said he was shown Sherman’s home and given a gun. He said he shot Sherman after robbing him and a female companion outside his home.

Farrington returns to court for sentencing on November 28.

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