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Two charged in Norfolk teacher’s killing conspired via email, police say

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Edward Shaw and Teniqu Cushman

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) –  Edward Shaw and Teniqu Cushman knew they were breaking the law when they conspired to murder a man on New Year’s Eve, police say.

In an email, Shaw allegedly discussed killing a Norfolk man who was romantically involved with Cushman, according to court documents.

“Because you and I discussed, if he dies and either of us gets caught… then we both are charged with ‘Conspiracy’ and both are equally guilty, regardless of who caries (sic) out the deed,” Shaw allegedly wrote in an email to Cushman.

But when Shaw fired multiple shots outside of a Virginian Avenue home on Dec. 31, he didn’t hit his intended target, prosecutors said.

Instead, he shot and killed Caroline Hendrix, a 50-year-old Oceanair Elementary School teacher who was sitting in a minivan outside the home, according to the Norfolk Police Department.

Hendrix was friends with the 44-year-old man officials believe Shaw intended to shoot. Prosecutors said her murder stemmed from a love triangle involved her friend, Shaw and Cushman.

Cushman was allegedly romantically involved with both men. She met Shaw in the summer of 2016 at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront, and connected with Hendrix’s friend on the dating website “Plenty of Fish,” 10 On Your Side reported in February.

Hendrix’s friend was with her during the shooting, and he returned fire on Shaw, injuring him. When questioned by a Virginia State Police Trooper about his injures, Shaw said he was shot during a road rage incident. That account was later determined to be unfounded, according to court documents.

Shaw is charged with first-degree murder and the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, while Cushman is charged with conspiracy. Both are scheduled for trials in the fall.

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