COLLIERVILLE, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – There were strong emotions Tuesday afternoon in a local courtroom as the Arkansas woman charged with the deadly shooting of a Memphis pastor faced a judge for the first time in person.
Latoshia Daniels, 39, is accused of killing Brodes Perry in front of his wife earlier this month, in what investigators believe is a love triangle turned sour. She has pleaded not guilty.
The case moves to a preliminary hearing next month, where Daniels’ attorney said it is likely Perry’s wife will testify.
Daniels herself didn’t speak in court, but the emotions on her face spoke volumes. In an orange jumpsuit, Daniels visibly fought tears in the courtroom.
Earlier this month, investigators said Daniels opened fire at the Collierville apartment where Perry and his wife Tabatha lived.
Perry’s wife told police Daniels said “you broke my heart” to the Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church executive pastor as she shot him at least three times.
Records show Daniels is a certified anger management specialist and licensed social worker. Other records show she was a member of Perry’s former church in Little Rock, Arkansas, and worked with him at a non-profit organization.
“She’s not used to being where she is. She is not feeling well. She is accused of the most serious crime that a person could be accused of. She understands the gravity of it and I think her emotions are appropriate,” Leslie Ballin, the attorney representing Daniels, said.
Daniels is due back in court May 14.
Her attorney did not request bond at Tuesday’s appearance.
There were several people supporting Daniels in the courtroom, but they declined comment.