Shooter gets $100k bond
After turning herself in to authorities Monday in connection to a Sunday morning shooting, Shemika Mendenhall appeared before District Judge Bob Armstrong Wednesday, where her bond was set at $100,000.
The bond, which was the amount sought by the prosecution, is a continued message to violent offenders that problems can’t be solved with guns, Armstrong said. Because a firearm was involved, Armstrong said he wanted a bond that would make it difficult for Mendenhall to be in position to commit another crime before her trial date.
“It’s outrageous — it’s outrageous behavior,” he said. “The nature of what happened is outrageous and makes me think there is a danger to the community.”
Mendenhall confessed to shooting Samuel O’Neil Taylor outside Club 9000 at about 2 a.m. Sunday.
Taylor sustained injuries to the groin and was transported to Vaughan Regional Medical Center where he is in serious, but stable condition.
According to Selma Police Department detective Frederick Walker, Taylor lost a large amount of blood because the bullet from Mendenhall’s .357 Magnum struck an artery.
“They had to give him two or three pints of blood because he was constantly bleeding,” Walker said.
In her statement to authorities, Mendenhall claims Taylor and his cousin were hitting on her and touching her inappropriately in the club. When she went to her car to leave, she said the pair followed her. She also said she believes Taylor had a gun, and that is why she pulled, and fired, her weapon.
No other witnesses at the club supported her story that Taylor was armed, and no weapon was recovered from him.
The .357 used in the shooting was also not recovered because Mendenhall told authorities she threw it in the river.
Mendenhall, who has been charged with assault first degree, turned herself in to authorities at about 10:30 a.m. Monday. She is being held at the Dallas County Jail.