The case against a Sevier County man accused of committing murder near Norfolk, Virginia, is nearing its conclusion.

Ed Shaw is currently awaiting sentencing following his entry of a guilty plea in October 2019.

Shaw was charged with the slaying of Caroline M. Hendrix, 50, a teacher at Oceanair Elementary School in Norfolk, Virginia. The murder occurred New Year’s Eve 2017. 

Shaw was arrested Jan. 2, 2018.

According to investigators, Shaw fatally shot Hendrix around 8 p.m., Dec. 31, 2017. During the incident, an acquaintance of Hendrix came to her aid and shot Shaw. It was later revealed that Hendrix was not the intended target. The intended target was a romantic rival of Shaw’s.

According to prosecutors, Shaw had been involved with Tenqu Cushman, 24.

Cushman was charged with conspiracy to commit second-degree murder, a charge which she has been found guilty of, and for which she is also awaiting her sentence.

Evidence against the pair includes some $15,000 worth of checks written by Shaw to Cushman and several text messages from the day Hendrix was killed. 

According to prosecutors, a friend of Hendrix came to her aid and shot Shaw, who was found later that night suffering from wounds of his own. Shaw claimed to be the victim of a road rage incident, but investigators could find no evidence supporting that claim. Upon his release from the hospital, Shaw was transported to an area jail where he is being held without bond.

Cushman entered a guilty plea for a charge of conspiracy to commit murder and was sentenced to a 10-year prison term, with a 10-year probation period.

Meanwhile, Shaw’s next appearance in court in preparation for his sentencing is set for March 13. 

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