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Sexual Allegations Made In Hot Oil Murder Case

As she walked to court, in leg irons and handcuffs, Edna Mae Sanders had nothing to say. But her attorney had plenty to say about the man Sanders is accused of killing, her husband Sherman. She allegedly poured scalding oil over his body. 

"Their marriage had a lot of problems, not the least of which he was from what we could tell quite a sexual predator. We have reason to believe he was sexually abusive of his stepdaughter, his 13-year-old stepdaughter," says attorney Brian Alexander.

In court, Hancock County Sheriff's investigator John Bunce said they found no criminal record on Sanders. Alexander says that may be because Sanders didn't go by his full name. 

"His current name is Sherman Valentino Sanders. And we think for a long time, if not the bulk of his life, he was Sherman Valentino," says Alexander.

Investigator Bunce testified Sanders was burned over 50 percent of his body, and was "amazingly lucid" when he told officers he was sleeping and he had no idea why his wife poured oil on him.

Sherman Sanders' family listened to the court testimony. Clinton Brown says he spoke to his nephew the night before the attack. 

"I will say this, when he talked to me, he had told me he was going to divorce her that night," Brown says.

Also in court, Alexander asked that his client's million dollar bond be reduced to $25,000. The judge lowered it to $200,000. Her attorney says that's still too high and beyond her reach.

Alexander also asked for a trial in the next court term, which means by-passing a grand jury indictment. The judge denied that and bound the case over to the next county grand jury.

Edna Mae Sanders is being held in the Stone County Jail.

by Marcia Hill

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