Sherry was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to life in prison for shooting her husband, Carey Smith, and her father-in-law, Charles Smith, in December 2002 while they slept.
Sherry worked for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) for most of her career. She started in the mail room at the Wallace Pack Unit and later became a prison guard. Sherry was involved in a romantic relationship and lived with a fellow prison guard, Edward Rollins, from 1991 to 1999. Sherry qualified to use a gun per TDCJ policy and, during her relationship with Rollins, she and Rollins would shoot high-powered rifles in the back yard. In January 1999, after Rollins moved out of the house that the two had rented together, Sherry moved into TDCJ employee housing, where her rent was deducted from her paycheck.
In addition to her job as a prison guard, Sherry began to clean Carey’s house. Carey was a supervising prison guard at the Wallace Pack Unit. Carey had never been married and shared a house with his ailing father, Charles Smith, in Grimes County. Charles, who was recently widowed, suffered from congestive heart failure, diabetes, emphysema, and asthma. Carey and Charles ran a hay-hauling business on the acreage surrounding their house.
Sherry had a car but was not making the monthly payments, even though Carey was giving her money for that purpose. Sherry spent the money on other things, and she turned in the car because it was going to be repossessed.
Judge(s): Michael E. Keasler
Jurisdiction: Texas Court of Criminal Appeals
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