Shanteari Weems pleaded self-defense after shooting husband over child sex allegations

A daycare owner is accused of shooting her husband at a luxury Washington hotel after she confronted him with allegations of sexual abuse of children shot in self-defense, her lawyer said Friday during a hearing in which she was ordered to to remain in prison pending her trial.

It was an argument quickly challenged by prosecutors, who say the woman, Shanteari Weems, 50, had prepared for the shooting in advance and even outlined plans in a notebook declaring she intended to “do justice.” to search.

By ordering Weems to be held, Judge Sherry Trafford of the DC Superior Court Magistrate said she was “deeply concerned” about Weems’ “dangerousness” and her ability to make “rational” decisions after the July 21 shooting at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in southwest Washington. .

During the nearly two-hour preliminary hearing, Tony Garcia, Weems’ attorney, argued that his client was confronted earlier that day with the mother of one of the children at Lil Kids Kastle’s daycare, alleging that Weems’ husband , James S. Weems Jr. sexually abused her child.

Garcia said his client drove from Baltimore County to Washington to confront her husband, a former Baltimore police officer who worked for the city’s National Urban League convention, about the charges. Shanteari Weems took her licensed handgun for protection, knowing her husband also had a licensed handgun, her lawyer said. Garcia said that when she got to room 853, she hung up… the accusations for her husband became aggressive. Out of fear she shot him twice, in the neck and in his left thigh, said Garcia.

Man shot after child abuse allegations is accused of sexual abuse

“My client indicated that this man, who she knew was armed, was making a physical advance toward her,” Garcia said. “Our position is that she told the officers she was scared.”

Garcia said his client was distraught by the allegations against her husband.

“She wanted justice for these children,” Garcia said. “She wanted him to appear in court. Her duty was to these single fathers and mothers.”

But assistant US attorney LaVater Massie-Banks argued that Shanteari Weems planned to hurt her husband beforehand and outlined details in a notebook found in the hotel room.

“Yes, her husband was accused of abusing children and could be the reason why this event happened,” Massie-Banks said.

Then the DA took a copy of the notebook and continued, “The first line on the note is, ‘I’m on my way to shoot James. I don’t intend to kill him. I intend to paralyze him.’ And that’s exactly what happened. He was shot in the neck and leg.”

Shanteari Weems is charged with aggravated assault while armed and assault with a dangerous weapon.

On Tuesday, Baltimore County Police said they were… accused James Weems of 13 sex offenses in the abuse of “at least three children” at Lil Kidz Kastle. On Wednesday, Weems, who was released from a local Washington hospital, appeared in DC Superior Court and ordered to remain in a DC prison hospital until officials transport him to Baltimore County. Massie-Banks said provincial officials plan to bring Weems back on Monday.

During the hearing, DC Detective Andrew Gong testified that when he interviewed Shanteari Weems after the shooting, she never said she was afraid or acted in self-defense after confronting her husband. Gong said she looked “confused.”

The shooting, at around 7:40pm last week, sparked a frenzy among hotel guests and staff, leading to the evacuation of guests.

Gong testified that when the police arrived at the hotel room, they struggled to get into the room because it was barricaded from the inside. Gong testified to the police Shanteari . could hear Weems in the room told them “everything was fine” and that “nothing was wrong”.

Once the officers entered, Gong said police saw blood on the hallway floor and bathroom. Police also saw a gun in a handbag that had been removed from a holster. They also found another weapon in a lockbox in the hotel room.

Gong said James Weems told police he was shot after he “had an argument over a situation in Maryland”. Gong said the man never gave any details about the altercation.

Gong testified that Shanteari Weems had told him that she had come to Washington many times in the past, but that until that day she had never taken her gun with her. Shanteari Weems, who worked as a correctional officer before opening the nursery, also told the detective that she and her husband have never had any domestic situations before and that the police have never been called to their home. Gong said she never said her husband threatened her or that she was afraid of him.

The detective then read another line from Shanteari Weems’ notebook in which she wrote, “I intend to get justice.”

It was that line that the judge emphasized during her ruling.

“He has the same rights as them,” Trafford said. “He is presumed innocent until proven guilty. She chose to confront him for what she thinks he has done. And in the course of that and finally shot him.”

The next hearing is scheduled for August 9.

After the judge delivered her ruling, about half a dozen Shanteari Weems supporters who were watching the hearing on video began yelling at the judge, “Free Mrs. Weems” and “What if these were your grandchildren?” Another shouted, “No justice has been done here. You should be ashamed.”

Viewers’ comments continued for several minutes before the feed to the courtroom was abruptly stopped.

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