Selma woman convicted of assault

Published 9:18 am Thursday, October 24, 2019

A Selma woman was convicted of assault Wednesday from an eight-year-old case.

A Dallas County Jury convicted Shemika Mendenhall of first-degree assault after five hours of deliberations. Dallas County Circuit Court Judge Collins A. Pettaway ordered a pre-sentence investigation and report. He set the sentencing for January.

Mendenhall shot Samuel O’Neil Taylor outside Club 9000 on Nov. 13, 2011. Taylor’s cousin, DeCarlo Gunn, said that Mendenhall pulled a handgun and discharged the gun, striking Taylor. Gunn also said Mendenhall fled the scene in a white Cadillac.

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On Nov. 14, 2011, Mendenhall turned herself into the Selma Police Department (SPD) and confessed to shooting Taylor. In her statement to the SPD, Mendenhall claims Taylor and his cousin were hitting on her and touching her inappropriately in the club. When Mendenhall went to her car to leave, she said the pair followed her. Mendenhall also said she believes Taylor had a gun, which was the reason she shot him.

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 the SPD she threw it in the river when she left the scene heading to Montgomery.

“This gunslinger almost killed Samuel,” Dallas County District Attorney Michael Jackson said. “He flatlined a couple of times at the hospital. He now has to wear a prosthetic leg. We are going to ask for a long prison sentence.”