Sherlin released on $100,000 bond
by By GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
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Alina Sherlin
Alina Sherlin

Shooting suspect Alina Sherlin was freed from the Bradley County Jail on Tuesday after posting $100,000 bond in connection with the death of Robert Dewayne Julian, 45, on Sunday night.

Her attorney, James Logan, said the court action came in Bradley County General Sessions Court after she was granted a bond hearing.

Sherlin, 43, was arrested Sunday evening after Cleveland Police Department officers responded to a welfare check at her Greenwood Avenue home. She was charged with first-degree murder.

Sherlin reportedly texted several friends telling them she had shot Julian.

Police arrived on the scene and found Julian inside the Greenwood Avenue residence.

Criminal Investigations Division detective Andy Wattenbarger is leading the investigation into the shooting.

According to the affidavit filed with the court by Wattenbarger, officers Darren Leamon, Jody Musselwhite and others responded to the home and attempted to gain entry after a text message was sent by Sherlin to several of her friends.

One of her friends responded to the residence and attempted to get Sherlin to open the door.

While speaking with Sherlin, officer Leamon reportedly saw Julian’s body through a window. Sherlin was detained at that point.

According to the affidavit, officers noted a rifle on the floor near Julian’s body.

They determined Julian had died “from a single, small caliber bullet to his chest.”

Wattenbarger described the scene as being clean “... and that there appeared to be no evidence of a struggle except apart from a broken table in the foyer near a sole-shell casing.”

Logan argued during the bond hearing that Sherlin had no prior criminal history and that she was a lifelong resident of Cleveland.

“Her family ties run deep in the community and her employer vouched for her as well,” Logan said. “Ms. Sherlin has worked for a number of attorneys in Cleveland throughout the years.”

During the bond hearing, Logan explained police had responded to the residence just a few hours before the alleged shooting referencing a domestic disturbance.

“Defensive evidence was highly visible on her and made available to the court. She had bruising on her upper extremities,” Logan added.

The Cleveland attorney stressed, “We are cooperating with law enforcement in this investigation.”