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Trial Ordered for 2nd Suspect in Strawberry Mansion Murder

(Charles Davis.  Phila. PD photo)

(Charles Davis. Phila. PD photo)

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By Tony Hanson

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A North Philadelphia woman, shot over a dozen times during a home invasion in which her husband was killed, testified today to the early morning carnage inside her Cecil B. Moore Avenue home last March (see related story).

Following her testimony, a second defendant charged in the case was ordered held for trial.

Sherrell Paul said she awoke to her husband’s voice calling her name.  She got up and was confronted by an armed stranger.

“She was attacked by one man who shot her once, and then, when the second man was looking for money, he picked her up and shot her 12 to 14 times all over her body,” says prosecutor Jennifer Selber.

Paul says she briefly lost consciousness, then awoke to find her 11-year-old son crying and her 13-year-old son with his dying dad.  That son called 911.

As for a motive, authorities say they just don’t know: John and Sherrell Paul have no criminal record, and it may be the attackers simply targeted the wrong house.

Charles Davis, 35, was ordered held for trial today (see related story).  His attorney says Davis was not involved.

Forty-six year old Ali Marsh was ordered held for trial earlier; he has pleaded not guilty.