MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – The Arkansas woman charged in the deadly shooting of a Memphis pastor pleaded not guilty Tuesday.
Last week in Collierville, police said Latoshia Daniels shot Brodes Perry to death in front of his wife.
In her first court appearance Tuesday afternoon, Daniels did not appear in person, and defense attorney Leslie Ballin wasn’t in front of the judge long.
Outside the courtroom, Ballin sent this clear message on behalf of his client.
“We’ve entered a not guilty plea,” Ballin said. “We mean it.”
Records show the 39-year-old Daniels is a certified anger management specialist and licensed social worker, who was a member of Brodes Perry’s former church in Little Rock, Arkansas, and worked with him at a non-profit organization.
This past Thursday, investigators said Daniels opened fire at the Collierville apartment where Perry and his wife Tabatha lived. Perry’s wife told police Daniels yelled ‘you broke my heart’ to the Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church executive pastor as she shot him at least three times.
“We are at the very infancy of this homicide charge and I want to emphasize (the word) charge,” Ballin said. “The criminal court process is new to this family and to our client.”
Tuesday, a spokesperson with the Arkansas Social Work Licensing Board said they are aware of the criminal case but won’t make any decisions about suspending or revoking her license until there’s a ruling on her charges.
As for Daniels’ attorney, he asked the public reserve judgement until more information is released.
“There’s been facts that have been put out to our community, may or may not be accurate, part of our job is to find out exactly what happened,” Ballin said.
Daniels’ next court appearance is scheduled for April 23. Her attorney said bond could be discussed at that court date.