Soon-to-Be Ex Wife Assaults New Girlfriend

November 4, 2014
Soon-to-Be Ex Wife Assaults New Girlfriend

A soon-to-be ex wife is in jail for assault. And as a result, a Memphis man might have learned his lesson: don’t take your new girlfriend with you when you go to serve divorce papers to your soon-to-be ex wife.

Assault Charges

Sharona Coach-Barnes is now being held on $30,000 bond for assault charges after, according to police, she took her anger out on her husband’s new girlfriend. But she didn’t seek the woman out. Instead, her husband, Derico Barnes, brought his new girlfriend, Cherrita Evans, with him to serve Coach-Barnes the divorce papers.

Aggravated Assault?

According to police, Coach-Barnes lost her temper so badly that she punched Evans and pepper-sprayed her. When the two fled the home on foot, Coach-Branes then enlisted the help of her brother and mother to hunt the two down. At that point, she pulled a gun on them – aiming, but not firing. This can be charged as an aggravated assault under Tennessee law.

Neighbors Weigh-in

Coach-Barnes’ neighbors had differing opinions on the assault incident, and Barnes’ decision to bring along his new girlfriend when serving divorce papers. “I don’t see anything wrong with it,” one neighbor said. “They’re not together. He’s just letting his woman know there’s nothing to it. There’s nothing to her.”

Teisa Foster, felt differently. “[Evans] should have got beat. Any kind of business that he has with her, he needs to do by himself until they get a proper divorce,” Foster said. “She has no rights in that.” While others felt there is never a reason for violence. “She didn’t do anything to her,” one woman said. “She needs to go to jail.”


Source:, Woman assaults husband’s girlfriend when served with divorce papers, November 3, 2014

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