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Raleigh man found guilty in Domino's manager's beating death

Posted August 16, 2012

— A Wake County jury on Thursday found a Raleigh man guilty of first-degree murder in the beating death of a Domino's assistant manager who was closing a Knightdale Domino's store when he was attacked in January 2010.

Jurors deliberated for about four hours Wednesday and Thursday before returning their verdict Thursday afternoon in the case against Travis Melton Sherman, a 23-year-old Raleigh man and one of two people charged in the Kenneth Ring's death.

Wake County prosecutors contended during closing arguments Wednesday that Sherman attacked Ring, 23, possibly with a baseball bat, on Jan. 9, 2010.

Ring died two days later as a result of blunt force injury.

Sherman, who was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, had no reaction to the sentence and sat motionless and expressionless as Ring's father, Dan Ring, addressed him in court in what's called a victim impact statement.

"This has been a long hard ride for my family, my friends and for everybody that's been involved in this case," Dan Ring said. "Travis, you made a terrible damn mistake, and you're the one that's going to live with that."

The state's case centered on Sherman's own admission to police that he was involved in the crime, as well as the testimony of two key witnesses.

Travis Sherman Verdict in Domino's manager's slaying

Sherman did tell Knightdale police in September 2010 that he served as a lookout while another man robbed the store and that Kenneth Ring was complicit in the robbery and agreed to be hit in the head to make it appear real.

Dan Ring took issue with that claim Thursday.

"Don't point fingers at my boy," he said. "That was wrong to begin with. He was there to do a job, and you went and deprived him of his life."

Prosecutors, however, contended that Sherman, alone, attacked Ring and that no one else was in the pizza store that night.

Two witnesses – Timmy Crandall, an inmate at the Wake County jail, and Tracie Whitehouse, the mother of Nicho Bowers, the second man charged in Ring's death – testified that Sherman admitted to them he was responsible for the attack.

Crandall learned about details of the attack in a dozen jailhouse letters that Wake County Assistant District Attorney Doug Faucette called "highly incriminating."

But the defense, who called no witnesses during the 2½-week trial, argued that neither Whitehouse nor Sherman were credible witnesses, because both had incentive for cooperating in the investigation.

Crandall, who is still in jail, wants out, defense attorney Dan Dolan said, and Whitehouse testified because prosecutors promised not to charge her with accessory after the fact to murder for not going to police about the confession.

Dolan also argued that there was not enough evidence to find Sherman guilty and that police, dealing with the town's first homicide, were inept in their investigation.

The crime scene was contaminated. Neither Sherman's DNA nor fingerprints were recovered from it; and investigators never found a murder weapon and ignored a tire iron that the defense argued could have been a likely weapon in the attack.

But Dan Ring told the court he was proud of what everyone had done to bring justice for his son.

"He didn't get a jury trial. He was sentenced to death at that moment in time," Dan Ring told Sherman. "That's what you've got to live with. I hope you think about it every damn day, because we'll grow past it but you're going to live it forever."

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  • piene2 Aug 17, 3:31 p.m.

    ""you don't see the usual liberal left wingers on this article complaining about violence with a baseball bat"- that's because an individual with a bat can't walk into a theatre/school/military base and kill dozens of people in a few seconds. Guns make is MUCH easier to kill more people faster. All violence is horrible, but the kids in Columbine didn't use a bat...they used guns. Guy in Colorado theatre- used guns, guy at VT- used guns, FT Hood guy- used guns, the guys in Louisiana just 24 hrs ago- used ....you guessed it...GUNS. A bat doesn't go off in a childs hands and kill them or their friends. Not saying we should outlaw guns- too late for that, but we do need to look at the gun culture we have here- do you REALLY need armor piercing bullets and military assault rifles to hunt?
    dwntwnboy"

    If we give the NRA six shooter packing Yahoos their way they would be carrying machine guns around in violin cases and have howitzers in their yards. It must be terrible to feel so threatened.

  • dwntwnboy Aug 17, 11:09 a.m.

    "you don't see the usual liberal left wingers on this article complaining about violence with a baseball bat"- that's because an individual with a bat can't walk into a theatre/school/military base and kill dozens of people in a few seconds. Guns make is MUCH easier to kill more people faster. All violence is horrible, but the kids in Columbine didn't use a bat...they used guns. Guy in Colorado theatre- used guns, guy at VT- used guns, FT Hood guy- used guns, the guys in Louisiana just 24 hrs ago- used ....you guessed it...GUNS. A bat doesn't go off in a childs hands and kill them or their friends. Not saying we should outlaw guns- too late for that, but we do need to look at the gun culture we have here- do you REALLY need armor piercing bullets and military assault rifles to hunt?

  • dwntwnboy Aug 17, 11:01 a.m.

    "If we could fix it, where we didn't execute innocents, would it be okay to execute murderers then?"- IF that could be guaranteed- it works for me!! Sadly that hasn't been the case throughout our history.

  • piene2 Aug 17, 10:50 a.m.

    "It's impossible not to execute a few innocent people along the way." - chuckbiscuits

    If we could fix it, where we didn't execute innocents, would it be okay to execute murderers then?
    Lightfoot3"

    Murder is wrong, no matter who the murderer is.

  • Lightfoot3 Aug 17, 10:25 a.m.

    "It's impossible not to execute a few innocent people along the way." - chuckbiscuits


    If we could fix it, where we didn't execute innocents, would it be okay to execute murderers then?

  • prodigalrn Aug 17, 9:20 a.m.

    I am finally glad to hear that this managers family is getting closure but I am shocked that 68 comments are up so far and none of them are really about the story. May the family finally get peace.
    dwpmgg

    Well-said! May God grant the families of all involved some closure and comfort. I feel for both sides, because they've both lost sons. You know even the parents of the perp have to be so heart-broken that their son went so far off-course. I pray for both families.

  • prodigalrn Aug 17, 9:19 a.m.

    Funny how you don't see the usual liberal left wingers on this article complaining about violence with a baseball bat. They only want to talk about gun violence. Well, this kid died from a violent act and I'll bet his parents don't care it wasn't from a gun.
    Bartmeister

    I consider myself to be more left-leaning than right-leaning, but I abhorr violence in any form, whether of not a handgun is involved. But then, I'm not the 'typical' liberal you stereotype about, since I have a CCW and a Smith&Wesson .40 that I know how (and am not afraid to) use. But anytime a citizen is attacked, no matter what device is used, it's wrong. To me, there is no Liberal or Conservative there, it's just flat-out wrong.

  • dwpmgg Aug 17, 8:36 a.m.

    I am finally glad to hear that this managers family is getting closure but I am shocked that 68 comments are up so far and none of them are really about the story. May the family finally get peace.

  • Bartmeister Aug 17, 8:19 a.m.

    Funny how you don't see the usual liberal left wingers on this article complaining about violence with a baseball bat. They only want to talk about gun violence. Well, this kid died from a violent act and I'll bet his parents don't care it wasn't from a gun.

  • prodigalrn Aug 17, 8:17 a.m.

    Are racists dumb? Do conservatives tend to be less intelligent than liberals? A provocative new study from Brock University in Ontario suggests the answer to both questions may be a qualified yes.

    Thepeopleschamp, if you had bothered to READ the article that the other poster referenced, you'd have seen that the Huffington Post, who I readily admit can be just as left-leaning as Rush Limbaugh is Right-leaning, although usually Huffington Post has facts to back up their assertions, as opposed to Rushie just flat-out lying about stuff, was merely reporting on the study done by a University in Canada, the report had no source from Huffington. As former First Lady Barbara Bush used to say, "Reading is FUNdamental!"

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