- [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...
- [TN] Family of slain Shari Bethel Cartmell flee state in fear as DA acknowledges potential danger - 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?
DEON CARTMELL TAKES THE STAND IN MURDER TRIAL
By Mark Bellinger
Aug 25, 2011 4:45 PM PST
[Excerpts] ...When [former Metro police officer Deon] Cartmell was questioned about the shooting, he was emotional and said he called 911 immediately after the gun went off. He told jurors he was cleaning guns and reached for an AR-15 when he heard the gunshot behind him... Cartmell told police he was facing away from Shari... "The impact stains on his face indicated that he was facing or at least his face was facing the source of the entry here," said Jerry Finley... The expert also testified the blood found on the front of Cartmell's t-shirt could not have been there without him facing the shooting. He also believes Shari was shot somewhere near the front door of their home, and walked over to the couch and died. He said he doesn't believe she pulled the trigger... [Metro Detective Pat] Postiglione, like lead investigator Detective Chuck Robinson, said Deon's last statement doesn't match the evidence. Detective Postiglione said not only is the physical evidence inconsistent with Cartmell's statement, so is the timeline... State medical examiner John Davis performed the autopsy. He concluded the gun was less than a foot from Shari's face when it went off... He said it was possible to hold the gun that way, but unlikely... On Wednesday, Shari Cartmell's mother took the stand; jurors heard the 911 call and watched the police interrogation of Cartmell the day after the shooting... [Full article here]
CLOSING ARGUMENTS BEGIN IN TRIAL OF FORMER OFFICER
[Excerpts] More forensic experts testified Friday in the case of a former Metro police officer accused of killing his wife last year... Closing arguments began Friday afternoon, followed by instructions and then the jury will start deliberations. Thursday, for the first time, the prosecution had the chance to question the former police officer on the stand. "Any idea why your wife would be holding a gun?" asked the prosecutor. "She liked guns. That's all I can tell you," Cartmell replied.... [The prosecution] asked Cartmell why he had blood on his right shoulder if he heard the shot over his left. They also questioned why he decided to put his dogs up and his guns away after calling 911 and before medics arrived. But Cartmell stuck to his same story. "I did not shoot my wife," he said... [Full article here]
CLOSING ARGUMENTS WRAP UP IN FORMER COP'S MURDER TRIAL
Updated: Aug 26, 2011 04:24 PM
[Excerpts] Closing arguments have wrapped up in the trial of the former Metro cop accused of killing his wife. Arguments lasted about two hours and prosecutors told the jury there are too many inconsistencies in Deon Cartmell's story regarding how his wife Shari died.... Cartmell said he immediately called 911 following the incident and begun doing CPR on his wife. However, an expert testified it did not appear as if CPR was performed on the woman... "Who on earth that is familiar with guns would pick up a gun in a way that she would have had to pick it up and point it at their face and pull the trigger? We know Shari Cartmell did not point the gun at her face," Prosecutor Amy Eisenbeck said... Defense Jim Todd "This case has not been about proving what happened on March 16. It is about trying to disprove what my client said," Defense Jim Todd said... [Full article here]
FORMER METRO OFFICER SENTENCED TO 18 YEARS IN PRISON
Posted: Oct 07,
[Excerpts] The former Metro Police officer convicted of killing his wife was sentenced to 18 years in prison on Friday. A jury found Deon Cartmell guilty of the second degree murder of his wife, Shari, in August. The sentence will be served at 100 percent. During sentencing, members of Shari's family testified... Shari's mother, Charlotte Barbour, was very emotional as she read a statement to the court. "There's a big hole in my heart that I can never fill or close it. Shari was my baby, this was the sweetest person. Everybody, my whole family- her name was Sweet Shari, precious Shari," Barbour said. Shari's uncle, Muriel Cole, testified that Deon had pulled a gun on him because he had borrowed $20 from Shari, and Deon believed he hadn't paid her back. Her sister, Antoya Brandon, also testified about an incident at a Mexican restaurant in which Deon allegedly pulled out a gun while drinking... Members of Deon's family also testified, including his father and an aunt who helped raised him. His father, Timothy Cartmell, testified about how close they were. "He is a good son, I love him, I know him. Deon and I are real close," said Timothy. His paternal aunt testified... "All I know is when he left our family to go out into the world and live, he was a good man," said his aunt. "I don't know what to tell you, but we loved Shari. You're not the only one who lost her, we lost her, we loved her. I am so sorry, but she was ours too"... After the sentencing, Shari's family was asked if they thought the sentencing was enough. "No... Life, because she's silenced for life. That's how I feel about it. She's been silenced for life. I have no grandbabies, I have nothing," said Charlotte Barbour... [Full article here]
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