Former caretaker pleads not guilty to attempted murder

Published 10:30 am Friday, December 13, 2013

COURTLAND—A Franklin woman pleaded not guilty to the charge of attempting to murder an elderly paralyzed man last summer. This was stated Thursday in Southampton County Circuit Court.

Erica Shandrika Bradshaw, 31, of Brandon Street, had been a caretaker for Phillip Everette, who’s paralyzed from the neck down.

Everette reported to authorities that on the night of July 1, his double-wide trailer had been burglarized. Further, he had been beaten, and an undisclosed amount of money was stolen. The power and telephone lines had been cut.

Following anonymous tips and interviews, investigators turned their attention to Bradshaw, according to Maj. Gene Drewery, spokesman for Southampton County Sheriff’s Office. She was charged and arrested soon after the incident.

Other charges include breaking and entering at night, grand larceny and malicious wounding.

The suspect will have court-appointed counsel, and will be tried by the court when the case goes to trial on Thursday, March 6.

Meanwhile, Bradshaw remains in Western Tidewater Regional Jail without bond.