Death penalty will be pursued against man accused of shooting Sanford mother, son

Suspect Allen Cashe faces first-degree murder charges

Latina Herring and Allen Cashe
Latina Herring and Allen Cashe

SANFORD, Fla. – The death penalty will be pursued against Allen Cashe, who is accused of killing a mother and her son and shooting four other people, was indicted Monday on first-degree premeditated murder charges, according to the Seminole County State Attorney's Office.

Cashe was indicted Monday on first-degree premeditated murder charges in connection with the deaths of Latina Herring, 35, and her 8-year-old son, Branden Christian. Officials on Tuesday filed a notice of intent to pursue the death penalty in that case.

Cashe was also indicted on four counts of attempted first-degree murder with a firearm in connection with the shootings of Latina Herring's father, 60-year-old Bertis Herring; Latina Herring’s youngest child, 7-year-old Brenden Christian; and two bystanders, Rakeya Jackson, 18, and Lazaro Paredes, 43.

Sanford police released body camera footage of Cashe and Herring had been arguing about a set of keys hours before the double fatal shooting on March 27. Police encountered the couple twice before the shooting, but no arrests were made.

[Video: Confrontation at Sanford home before fatal shooting]

Cashe left Herring's home in Sanford after the second police encounter, then returned around 6:20 a.m. with an AK-47, police said. Cashe is accused of opening fire on the family as they were sleeping.

Herring was shot seven times and killed in her bedroom, police said.

Her two sons were sleeping on the couch when they were shot three times, the report said.  Bertis Gerard Herring was shot five times in another bedroom.  

Cashe is accused of shooting Jackson and Paredes as he was fleeing the area.

Assistant State Attorney Dan Faggard and the lead Sanford Police Department investigator presented information to the Grand Jury before the indictment was returned late Monday afternoon.

Cashe also faces charges of burglary of a dwelling with assault or battery with a firearm, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and shooting into a dwelling. 

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