A Hernando County man was arrested on a first-degree murder charge in the slaying of a Brooksville teacher hours after he was picked up by authorities at a Hillsborough County mall.
Hillsborough sheriff’s deputies found Jerome Sheridan, 49, attempting to cut his wrists in his car in the parking lot of Westfield Citrus Park mall about 6 p.m. Monday, Hernando sheriff’s officials said.
The body of Lee Ann Shoeman, an English teacher at Central High School, was found after deputies responded to her house at 1267 Meredith Drive, Spring Hill, around 7:30 a.m. Monday when she didn’t report for work. She died from “homicidal violence” over the weekend, Hernando Sheriff Al Nienhuis said.
Sheridan lived with Shoeman, deputies said. Authorities wanted to question Sheridan and spent the day searching for him.
After he was located at the northwest Hillsborough mall, he was taken to a hospital for treatment of self-inflicted injuries, the Hernando sheriff’s office said. He was interviewed after being medically cleared.
Sheridan was arrested after admissions made by him as well as physical evidence gathered during the investigation, the sheriff’s office said.
Sheridan was being held in the Hillsborough County Jail.