Woman agrees to testify against co-defendant in attempted murder case

L-R: Attorney Aric Cramer, Sasha Michelle Davis and Kade Robert Shearer attend a preliminary hearing for Davis and Shearer, who are both accused of attempting to murder a man, St. George, Utah, July 27, 2018 | File photo by Spencer Ricks, St. George News

ST. GEORGE A woman charged with participating in the attempted murder of a man who was severely beaten with a mini-sledge hammer reached a plea deal with prosecutors and will testify against her co-defendant.

Sasha Davis, 21, is scheduled for a sentencing hearing Jan. 22.

As part of her deal prosecutors will drop the first-degree felony count of attempted murder and a class A misdemeanor for drug possession, Deputy Washington County Attorney Jerry Jaeger told St. George News Thursday.

Felony charges of aggravated robbery, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated assault and a misdemeanor for tampering with evidence remain.

Prosecutors are recommending an extended jail sentence of three years instead of prison time with a review after two years with the possibility of early release for good behavior and enrollment into a drug treatment program, Jaeger said.

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In exchange, she will testify against Kade Shearer, 21, who faces multiple felonies for aggravated attempted murder, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated robbery and aggravated assault as well as two misdemeanors for tampering with evidence and making a threat of violence.

Sasha Michelle Davis and Kade Robert Shearer face charges for allegedly beating a man with a hammer in a remote area of Washington County, Utah, April 14, 2018 | Booking photos courtesy of Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News

Shearer is scheduled for trial May 22-24 in 5th District Court after he repeatedly rejected plea deals.

Davis also agreed to testify against Vincent Rodabough, a third individual connected to the case.

Rodabough, who faces felony charges of aggravated assault and obstructing justice, disappeared after failing to appear for court hearings in November and warrants have been issued for his arrests, Jaeger said.

Davis and Shearer allegedly lured the 40-year-old victim to a remote part of Turkey Farm Road in Washington County on April 14 where they mauled him with a hammer, tied him up, shocked him with a stun gun and stole his wallet and phone.

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The three knew each other for at least 10 days prior to the incident, the victim said during a preliminary hearing in July. They had been using drugs at the time and the victim had a one-night stand with Davis.

Though the two had a falling out sometime afterward, the victim received a text message from Davis indicating she wanted to have sex with him and told him to meet her at a spot on Turkey Farm Road in the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve.

The view from a helicopter from Southern Utah University’s aviation program shows Iron County Sheriff’s deputies and Cedar City Police officers arrive at a home in Cedar City, Utah, where two people suspected of aggravated assault were hiding out Sunday, April 15, 2018 | File photo courtesy of Iron County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News/Cedar City News

When the victim arrived he found Rodabough, a mutual acquaintance, in a car with Davis. At some point the victim and Davis got into the car and he began kissing her. Shearer, wearing a mask, came out of the car’s trunk where he had been hiding and started beating the man with the mini-sledge hammer.

The victim was also tied up and shot with a stun gun by Davis when he tried to fight back, the victim said during the preliminary hearing.

Following the attack, Davis and Shearer fled the area in the victim’s car. They eventually ditched it in the small Iron County community of Newcastle.

From there there they walked 30 miles to a home in Cedar City where they attempted to hide from police but were caught a day after the attack.

Rodabough did nothing to stop the attack, the victim said, and was the one who took the victim to the hospital following the beating.

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