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Affidavit: Fearing She'd Be Killed, Woman Fatally Shot Sleeping Man In Hartford

Ashley Pace told investigators she thought Shermane Rose would kill her, so she picked up his .357 Magnum as he slept and shot him, an arrest warrant affidavit reads.

Pace, 21, was already in custody for a charge of tampering with evidence when she was served a murder warrant Wednesday in connection with Rose’s death in mid-June, police officials said.

It was Pace who first called police to the third-floor Farmington Avenue apartment just after noon on June 22, according to the warrant affidavit for her arrest. Inside an apartment in disarray, they found Rose, 37, bathed in bleach with a fatal gunshot wound to the head, according to the affidavit.

Responding officers called in Major Crimes Division detectives and let them know that Pace was still there. During an interview that day, Pace told investigators she shot Rose, the affidavit read.

She said she was in the apartment, but did not like staying there alone so she invited over a man she knows as “Mane,” the affidavit read.

Pace told investigators that she and Rose had known one another for several years but frequently argued, the affidavit read.

That night, she told Rose she wanted him to stay but did not want to have sex, the affidavit read.

At the time, she said Rose was drunk and when he took off his pants, she saw a large gun on him, the affidavit read. He got into bed and pulled her close to him, but she again said no, according to the affidavit.

She told investigators that she was afraid of Rose and that she had written a statement against him in relation to a 2015 homicide, something those detectives confirmed in police records, according to the affidavit.

She thought that given the opportunity, Rose would kill her, the affidavit read. Once he fell asleep, she picked up his gun, she told investigators. Since she had never fired a gun, she told detectives she searched “how to shoot a .357 magnum” on Google, but could not find anything.

She then told detectives she walked over to Rose as he slept, pointed the gun at his head and pulled the trigger, the affidavit read. Scared by the gunshot, she said she ran to the kitchen.

She called a friend, asking him to come to the apartment at 388 Farmington Ave., where the two would stage a robbery scene, the affidavit read.

The friend, who she did not identify to police, told her to urinate on her hands to get rid of the gunshot residue, the affidavit read. She said she believed bleach would be a better option, but since she found none in the apartment, she drove to a Family Dollar to get some.

Surveillance from the Family Dollar on Blue Hills Avenue captured her leaving with two bottles of bleach, according to the affidavit.

Pace told investigators that when she returned to the apartment, she poured bleach on her hands and Rose’s hands with the hopes of removing her DNA, the affidavit read.

A witness told investigators that he received a message from Pace the morning of June 22 explaining that guys in masks went into the apartment while she was in the bathroom. She told him she heard a commotion and peeked out to see the four men, the affidavit read.

The witness told investigators that he thought she was lying so he went to the apartment, saw it in disarray and found a man with a gunshot wound to the head in the bedroom, the affidavit read. He left, found Pace on Litchfield Street and told her to do the right thing and contact the police, according to the affidavit.

Pace appeared in Superior Court in Hartford on Wednesday and was ordered held on $1.5 million bail, record show. An attorney for Pace could not immediately be reached for comment.

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