Woman accused of trying to kill man with hammer pleads not guilty

In this file photo, Sasha Michelle Davis, who is accused of attempted murder, listens to testimony at her preliminary hearing at the 5th District Courthouse in St. George, Utah, July 27, 2018 | File photo by Spencer Ricks, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — Sasha Michelle Davis, a 21-year-old who is accused of attempting to kill a man with a hammer earlier this year, pleaded not guilty to her charges Tuesday.

Sasha Michelle Davis and Kade Robert Shearer are accused of luring a man to a remote location in Washington County, beating him with a hammer and stealing his belongings, Washington County, Utah, April 14, 2018 | Booking photos courtesy of Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News/Cedar City News

Along with Kade Robert Shearer, 21, Davis is accused of luring a man to a remote area of Washington County, beating him with a mini-sledge hammer, tying him up, shocking him with a stun gun and stealing his belongings on April 14.

Davis and Shearer are each charged with aggravated attempted murder, aggravated assault, aggravated robbery, aggravated kidnapping and a misdemeanor for tampering with evidence.

Read more: Police: Suspects premeditate gruesome attack on St. George man before fleeing to Cedar City

Davis appeared in court Tuesday via video conference from the Purgatory Correctional Facility to enter her not guilty pleas through her attorney, Aric Cramer.

Shearer was not able to appear to enter his pleas  Tuesday due to him being a federal inmate at the jail. His arraignment was rescheduled for Nov. 13.

In the attack, Shearer allegedly beat the man so hard and so long with the hammer, he had started to become winded. Davis is accused of using the stun gun to shock the man during the attack when he tried to fight back against Shearer. Afterward, they allegedly stole the man’s wallet and fled to Cedar City, where they were arrested the next day.

The defense for Davis and Shearer previously made the argument at a preliminary hearing July 27 that the attempted murder charge should be dismissed because the suspects only wanted to hurt the man and not kill him. However, Judge Jeffrey Wilcox rejected the argument.

In this file photo, Kade Robert Shearer, who is accused of attempted murder, enters the courtroom for his preliminary hearing at the 5th District Courthouse in St. George, Utah, July 27, 2018 | File photo by Spencer Ricks, St. George News

Read more: ‘They’re murderers’: Man allegedly attacked by couple with hammer says they tried to kill him

In the preliminary hearing, the 40-year-old victim faced his accused attackers and called them murderers.

“(Shearer) hit me so many times with the hammer that the wood on the back broke and he turned it around and plunged the hammer into the front of my head,” the man said at the hearing.

Cramer said they are in discussions with the prosecutor to resolve the case without it going to trial. A hearing for a possible resolution will also take place on Nov. 13.

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7 Comments

  • Kilroywashere September 18, 2018 at 8:24 pm

    I do a lot of stone masonry – A LOT. and have yet to break the wooden handle on a mini sledge hammer, even a Harbor Tools cheapo. Now I have had the heads slip off large sledge hammers after constant use. I have also lost a mini sledge hammer in the rock quarry. A home depot good one, uhg. Also Wal-Mart doesn’t have that bad of a 5 lb .ini sledge hammer – great price point. Maybe I’m getting the story wrong. Fact the victim lived is a miracle. The male suspect looks severely bummed while his female cohort in crime almost looks proud, and about to laugh or something. Very surreal. Well, plea deal, my best guess.

    • comments September 18, 2018 at 9:37 pm

      The skull is actually very strong and can resist quite a lot of blunt force impacts. I’ve told the story here before but it’s not one i want to repeat. Still gives me the shivers to think about it.

      • ladybugavenger September 18, 2018 at 11:30 pm

        Oh yes, I remember.

  • mesaman September 18, 2018 at 8:30 pm

    This case should not end up with a plea bargain. She demonstrates antisocial behavior and should be removed from society until such time she is capable of showing emotional concern for the safety and security of other humans.

  • comments September 18, 2018 at 9:28 pm

    i found her theme song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otCpCn0l4Wo

  • Kilroywashere September 18, 2018 at 9:48 pm

    Mesaman, please note I agree with you 100%, but my guess is that a plea deal will happen. My guess is 20 years, but wouldn’t be surprised at 15. You would think that attempted murder and torture should be 25 to life, but who knows which way a jury could go based on the background. That is assuming they are guilty, uhhhm , cough cough, as case is just starting. Don’t want to jump ahead of justice.

  • Striker4 September 19, 2018 at 3:22 pm

    Plea bargain coming up. and let’s outlaw hammers lol !

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