Elderly Victim Recalls Brutal Attack at Shawn Jarrett Preliminary Hearing

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (July 3, 2014) – He’s a convicted killer and the prime suspect in the investigation of the murder of a Grand Rapids mother.

On Thursday, Shawn Jarrett faced a judge in a preliminary exam for a different case.  He’s accused of brutally beating and raping an 85-year-old Grandville woman.

That elderly victim faced Jarrett in court detailing that horrifying day.

“I was screaming, ‘Don’t do this’ and ‘My grandson will be back,’” she said, her voice weak and quivering.

She says he was very polite when he approached her back door, that she believed every word he said when he asked her about the neighborhood and said he was thinking of moving there with his wife and kids.

The victim says Jarrett asked to use her phone and when he gave it back pushed his way into her home.

“I fell backwards and he pushed me down and I was trying with my feet to get the door shut and I was fighting and yelling and hitting and asking him to please not hurt me,” she testified.

She says she tried to appease Jarrett by giving him the money he asked for, but he didn’t stop.

She says he brought her into the bedroom and raped her.

The victim says she was screaming but no windows were open, and no one heard he cry.  She says he then brought her into the bathroom and told her to clean herself, and left her lying on the bathroom floor after kicking her repeatedly.

After the victim’s testimony, the preliminary hearing was adjourned after a motion for a competency evaluation by the defense.

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