..."A person charged with a serious crime like this doesn't need to have that many weapons around, especially when there's a lot of tension between the families," said Tom Thurmond, assistant district attorney...
...Shari Cartmell's mother [Charlotte Barbour] said she feels her safety is in danger with her son-in-law being out of jail... Shari Cartmell's family said they've received threatening e-mails and fear they'll be hurt with their in-law being out of jail, so they've left Tennessee. "He could do anything to any of us"...
There's always another gun, and with his law enforcement career gone, why isn't Deon Cartmell AT LEAST considered a flight risk? With nothing much to left lose after making starkly contradictory statements regarding Shari's death, why isn't Deon Cartmell considered a potential risk to himself and others? Why is there no explanation in the news for why the court has completely disregarded the fear of Shari's family? Shari's heartbroken and still-grieving family has to go on the run and hide? Really?
- [TN] Good-bye to Shari Cartmell, wife of Nashville Police Officer Deon Cartmell - ...At first, police ruled her death a suicide as the gunshot wound appeared to be self-inflicted but as of Wednesday morning, the death was no longer classified and the investigation remains open...
[TN] Nashville Police arrested their own Officer Deon Cartmell and the grieving family of his murdered wife Shari are thankful - Nashville Police Officer Deon Cartmell has been decommissioned and charged with 1st degree murder in the killing of his beautiful wife Shari Bethel (Cartmell).
- [TN] Officer Cartmell can't get his story straight about how his wife Shari was shot to death - ...Investigators said [Nashville Police Officer] Deon Cartmell has told different stories about what happened that night, saying he told them he was in the kitchen when he heard a shot and then he was in a closet when he heard it...
By Juanita Cousins
July 27, 2010
[Excerpts] A decommissioned Metro Police officer charged with the murder of his wife likely will bail out of jail Wednesday after surrendering his guns to police, his attorney said. Deon Cartmell faced a judge Tuesday afternoon in a bond source hearing where his uncle Chester Godwin testified he will use $25,000 from an AllState insurance settlement from damage to his home. Cartmell also is using two bondsman companies to make the $250,000 bail. His family must surrender his 10 handguns, rifles and shotguns to the Metro Police Department property room before he will be allowed to post bond... While out on bond, Cartmell must wear an electronic monitoring device and abide by a 10 p.m. curfew. He is forbidden from touching guns, cannot leave the county and may not have any contact with his wife’s family or anyone related to the case, other than his attorney. [LINK]
CHARGED EX-OFFICER TO GO HOME UNTIL TRIAL: Deon Cartmell Accused Of Fatally Shooting Wife
Reported By Jonathan Martin
July 27, 2010
[Excerpts] NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A former Metro police officer charged in his wife's death will be released from jail until his trial. Deon Cartmell's uncle put up the $250,000 cash bond Tuesday... "A person charged with a serious crime like this doesn't need to have that many weapons around, especially when there's a lot of tension between the families," said Tom Thurmond, assistant district attorney. Cartmell is expected to be released sometime Wednesday. Shari Cartmell's mother said she feels her safety is in danger with her son-in-law being out of jail. [LINK]
EX-NASHVILLE OFFICER ACCUSED IN WIFE'S SLAYING MUST SURRENDER GUNS: Conditions for release include turning in collection of weapons
By Juanita Cousins
July 28, 2010
[Excerpts] A former Metro Police officer accused of killing his wife could be released from jail as early as today after his guns are surrendered to police. Deon Cartmell is charged with murder in the March 16 shooting death of his wife, Shari, who he claimed shot herself in the head. A police investigation has led back to Cartmell, 23, who was an officer at the time of the shooting... "If I find you are in violation of the conditions of this bond, let (there) be no question in your mind that (this) bond will be revoked," said Criminal Court Judge Randall Wyatt. Cartmell has given three accounts about what occurred inside the couple's East Nashville home the day his wife, 24, died... Investigators said his account of his wife's death did not match the evidence. They found blood splattered on his clothing, suggesting he shot her at close range... His attorney Jim Todd said Cartmell gave several guns to a police officer friend after the shooting. Those guns also must be turned in to authorities. Todd said an earlier police account that his client accidentally shot his wife as they were cleaning a gun is false... [LINK]
IN-LAWS MOVE IN FEAR OF EX-OFFICER'S JAIL RELEASE: Deon Cartmell Charged In Wife's Killing
Reported By Jonathan Martin
July 28, 2010
[Excerpts] ...Deon Cartmell is expected to be released on bond Wednesday when the weapons are removed from the home, and his in-laws said they are so worried about their safety once he's out that they've moved to get away from him. Police took out rifles, pistols, bows and arrows [crossbow] from Cartmell's north Nashville home Wednesday... But Shari Cartmell's family said they've received threatening e-mails and fear they'll be hurt with their in-law being out of jail, so they've left Tennessee. "He could do anything to any of us," said Charlotte Barbour, Shari's mother... Barbour said Deon Cartmell lied about her daughter's death, telling police she shot herself. She said even though his weapons have been confiscated and he's been ordered to stay away from them, she believes he can't be trusted... Deon Cartmell's attorney said no one should rush to judgment. "He has only been indicted; he has not been convicted," said Jim Todd. "He's presumed innocent and has a right to trial, like everybody else"... [LINK
FROM LAST MONTH:
WOMAN AFRAID TO BE HOME AFTER BOND REDUCTION: Charlotte Barbour's Son-In-Law Charged In Her Daughter's Death
Reported By Regina Raccuglia
POSTED: 2:28 pm CDT June 23, 2010
UPDATED: 10:59 am CDT June 24, 2010
[Excerpts] A Nashville mother said she's scared to sleep in her own home now that the man charged in her daughter's death is one step closer to freedom. Former Metro police Officer Deon Cartmell was decommissioned from his position after he was charged in the death of his wife, Shari Cartmell. Tuesday, a Metro judge reduced his bond. Charlotte Barbour said she never stops missing her daughter. "We miss her," Barbour said. "Her friends call us, and they miss her, and they're not understanding how did this happen?" Three months ago, Shari was found shot dead in her Nashville home. Cartmell was in court a couple weeks ago asking a judge to reduce his $300,000 bond. Tuesday, the judge did just that by reducing it by $50,000. That's just enough to terrify Barbour, she said. "I only have two kids," she said. "Shari's always here in my heart. Now, I only have one walking this earth." Barbour said she doesn't feel safe at home. "We're running. We're scared," she said. In court, family members testified they have received death threats after Cartmell's arrest. Now Barbour said she fears the threats won't stop at words. "He's not remorseful. He doesn't seem to have a conscience," she said. Cartmell remains in a jail cell. His family declined to comment. He must go through a bond source hearing before he is able to bond out at his reduced amount. His next scheduled court date is July 7. [LINK]
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