12-06-2014, 08:07 PM #1
NY - Sheniqua Cabiness, 18, Rochester, 25 Feb 1998
An arrest has been made in a 16-year-old homicide case in Rochester. An indictment was unsealed Wednesday morning in New York State Supreme Court charging Hubart Sirmons of Rochester with murder.
When Sheniqua Cabiness' body — wrapped tightly in a curtain and tied off "in a professional manner" — was found in a ditch 30 miles from her Rochester home in April 1998, there were many questions for her mother and police investigators.
Sheniqua, 18, had disappeared two months earlier; she'd left with a friend and told her mother they were going to meet other friends — men they'd known from the neighborhood. Her mother never saw her daughter alive again.
As witnesses recoiled from police and refused to help their investigation, the case itself lost traction between two departments (it was an open homicide for the Wayne County Sheriff's Department and a missing person case for Rochester police). The investigation grew cold shortly after her body was found near a drainage pipe and road sign warning that there was a dangerous curve ahead.
Police say she was shot once in the head. Now, almost two decades later, police say Sirmons committed the crime...
What we do know: Sirmons was friends with Sheniqua. Her mother says Sirmons tried to date her, but Sheniqua said no. Deputies say Sirmons' mother lives near where the body was dumped. Sirmons is in federal prison right now on a drug charge.
10-18-2015, 02:27 AM #2
Jury finds man not guilty in '98 homicide
The defense lawyer for Hubart "Paul" Sirmons, 40, said a jury found his client not guilty in the death of Sheniqua Cabiness in 1998 likely because they did not entirely believe the testimony of the prosecution's key witness.
A state Supreme Court on jury Tuesday found Sirmons not guilt following a week of trial testimony and a day of deliberations.
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