Defense requests mental evaluation of suspect in Norfolk teacher’s murder

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NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Defense attorneys have requested a mental health evaluation for a suspect charged with murdering a popular Norfolk teacher.

Edward Shaw is accused of shooting Caroline Hendrix on Virginian Avenue near Ward’s Corner in December of 2017. Prosecutors have argued the fatal shooting is a case of mistaken identity.

Shaw, 70, is facing charges that include first-degree murder, while 22-year-old Teniqu Cushman was charged with conspiracy to commit second-degree murder.

Cushman later pleaded guilty to the charge. As a part of her plea, Cushman agreed to testify against Shaw during his trial.

Prosecutor Brent Johnson said last February the two defendants met in the summer of 2016 at the Oceanfront and started a relationship, saying Cushman called it “friends with benefits.”

A love triangle between Shaw, Cushman and a third person led to Shaw wanting eliminate his rival at Cushman’s urging, Johnson said. Shaw allegedly shot Hendrix thinking it was his romantic rival. 

Shaw’s trial was set to start March 11, but a judge will now revisit the case on that date.

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