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Prosecutors: Murdered teacher not intended target; love triangle involved

Prosecutors said during a bond hearing for Teniqu Cushman that someone with whom she had a relationship was the target of a shooting that left preschool teacher Caroline Hendrix dead.

NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- Prosecutors said at a bond hearing for one of the people accused in the murder of a preschool teacher that the teacher was not the intended target of the shooting that ended her life.

Teniqu Cushman appeared before a judge Monday. The judge denied bond for Cushman.

Norfolk police charged her and Edward Shaw in connection to the killing of 50-year-old Caroline Hendrix who was shot in a van on December 31, 2017.

During Cushman's bond hearing, prosecutors told the court that Cushman and Shaw met online about a year ago. They met in person at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. Prosecutors said Cushman and Shaw had a sexual relationship and that Shaw gave Cushman money to pay for college and start a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning company.

Prosecutors said before Cushman met Shaw, she dated a man and the relationship was riddled with trouble. They added that Cushman made Shaw aware of the tumultuous nature of the relationship and texted Shaw that she wanted the man dealt with after he mentally abused her.

On December 31, Hendrix was in the man's van. Prosecutors stated that Hendrix and the man whom Cushman dated had similar body types. Although they did not indicate in court that the man was with Hendrix, they said Shaw fired into the van, hitting Hendrix. A man who was at the scene fired back at Shaw, wounding him.

Both suspects have preliminary hearings scheduled for April.

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