Bail hearing continued for Pawtucket murder suspects

Blackstone Valley

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WPRI) — A young couple accused of killing a Pawtucket woman on New Year’s Day will return to court later this month.

A bail hearing for Jack Doherty and Shaylyn Moran was initially scheduled for Thursday morning but it was continued until Jan. 27 due to a scheduling issue.

Moran, 18, of Pawtucket, was in court Thursday but an attorney for Doherty, 23, of Albany, N.Y., waived his right to appear. Both have been held at the ACI since their arraignment last week.

Doherty and Moran are charged with murder and conspiracy in the shooting death of Cheryl Smith, 54, at her home on Baxter Street. Doherty is also facing a weapons charge.

Police have not revealed a motive for the shooting but tell Eyewitness News Moran had previously been in a relationship with Smith’s son.

Following the murder, Smith’s son told investigators he believed Moran and Doherty could’ve been behind the attack, according to court documents. He reportedly showed police screenshots of text messages from Moran including one that read, “I’ll kill you.”

Moran and Doherty were recently engaged, police said, and officers found them staying at a hotel on George Street. They also discovered blood on the sheets and an unmarked bottle containing various pills, according to police.

Detectives have obtained search warrants for the couple’s phones as well as their social media and rideshare service accounts.

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