A Jasper County Jury of 6 men and 6 women deliberated for only 45 minutes on Thursday afternoon before returning with a guilty verdict on Patricia Sheard, for the January 2011 murder of her husband, Thomas Sheard.
The jury agreed with the prosecution’s claim that Patricia shot and killed Thomas as he sat in his truck outside of their Buna home, and then waited nearly 3 hours before calling 911.
The trial has now moved into the punishment phase. District Attorney Steve Hollis and defense attorney Randy Walker began calling witnesses to the stand on Thursday, however, court later adjourned for the day, and testimony will resume on Friday morning.
The jury could sentence Sheard to prison anywhere from 5 years to life, and assess a fine up to $10,000.00.
Fireworks flew earlier in the day when Walker called Sheard to the stand to testify in her own defense.
Under questioning from Walker, Sheard tried to paint a picture that her actions were the result of years of physical abuse, as well as alleging that her husband sexually abused children in the family.
However, Sheard became hostile during cross examination by Prosecutor Steve Hollis.
Hollis began a series of questions concerning the defendant's allegations of abuse. Sheard became visibly irritated and verbally combative..The defendant tried to scold Hollis by telling him to “Lose the Attitude.” however, after being corrected by District Judge Craig Mixson, Hollis went on to point out that the gun used to kill Thomas Sheard was purchased by the defendant in order to kill another woman.
Patricia Sheard said that she did not know that her husband was shot until they were at the hospital, and it was not her intent to kill him.
At one point, Sheard leaned into the microphone and said, “Let's get this over with. Pronounce me guilty and send me back to Florida, but I've had enough of this.”
Sheard is currently serving time in a federal prison in Florida for tax fraud.