Police: Couple charged in Pawtucket murder recently engaged

Blackstone Valley

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WPRI) — Neither of the two suspects charged in connection with a deadly shooting Wednesday night on Baxter Street entered a plea during their arraignment Thursday afternoon.

Jack Doherty, 23, of Albany, and Shaylyn Moran, 18, of Pawtucket, were both ordered held without bail until their bail hearing on Jan. 16.

Police said they were called to Baxter Street around 8:15 p.m. and found the victim, identified as Cheryl Smith, 54, shot several times in the chest. She was rushed to Rhode Island Hospital where she was later pronounced dead.

Police said detectives later tracked the suspects to a motel room at the Hampton Inn on George Street where they were taken into custody. A 9 mm handgun was also seized.

Both Doherty and Moran, who recently became engaged, are charged with murder and conspiracy. Doherty is also charged with weapons charges.

Police have not revealed a motive for the shooting, but tell Eyewitness News Moran had previously been in a relationship with Smith’s 21-year-old son.

Police confirmed that marijuana plants were removed from the Baxter Street home, but they do not believe they have any connection to the investigation at this time.

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