Woman who fatally shot man appears in court

Debra Sheridan (Source: Anderson Co. Detention Center).

ANDERSON Co., S.C. (WSPA) — A woman who authorities say fatally shot a man was in court Monday.

A judge will decide if bond will be revoked for Debra Sheridan. The 51-year-old Easley woman shot and killed a man at her home on Jan. 21. Sanders told investigators she thought the man was breaking into her home.

The coroner said 37-year-old Jerry Sanders died of a single gunshot wound to the back. Sheridan has not been charged in the shooting. But at the time, she was on probation for a 2014 animal cruelty and drug case.

The judge agreed to continue the case. Sheridan’s attorney said her conviction is being appealed and said she has to have surgery for a pit bull attack. Her attorney says they could prove the drug charge stems from a prescription that Sheridan had.

Sheridan will be placed on electronic monitoring and tested for drugs.

Animal control officers say they found dozens of dogs on her property in poor health in 2014. Sheridan claimed she was operating an animal rescue at the time.

Sheridan was cleared of animal cruelty charges, but a jury found her guilty of two counts of rabies violations and methamphetamine possession in November 2015. She received a three-year sentence. Her sentence was suspended to five years of probation and she was made to surrender her animals to a rescue organization.

According to the S.C. Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services, Sheridan violated probation by testing positive for methamphetamine.

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