A 25-year-old San Jose man has been charged with the murder of a 72-year-old man. Sherman Smith is suspected to have tied the victim up to a chair, repeatedly stabbed him, and drowned him in a bathtub, prosecutors said.
Witnesses and surveillance video showed Smith entering the victim’s apartment and throwing away items after the crime.
Smith was arraigned in Santa Clara County Superior Court on Wednesday and was remanded without bail.
“This horrific crime and the defendant who did it has no place in our society,” said Santa Clara County Distict Attorney Jeff Rosen said in a press release. “Our hearts go out to the victim’s family and friends.”
On Sept. 6, San Jose Police Communications received a 911 call regarding a request for a welfare check at an apartment on East Santa Clara Street. A woman was worried about her father, Rosen's office reported.
That morning police entered the apartment and found the victim’s body in a bathtub. He had been stabbed and had a rope around his torso. The crime scene had been cleaned with bleach, but police found evidence of an extremely violent and bloody crime.
The Santa Clara County Medical Examiner observed three stab wounds to his back, but said these were not fatal.
A surveillance video showed the suspect entering the apartment, staying there for 30 hours, and then leaving with several shopping bags, according to the district attorney.
Interesting that the SJI does not show a photo of the suspect nor does the SJI provide information about his criminal history. The SJI could have cut and pasted that information for other “news” outlets.
San Jose continues to march towards another record year — unfortunately, it will be a record high for murders.
And the DA says, “This horrific crime and the defendant who did it has no place in our society,” said Santa Clara County Distict (sic) Attorney Jeff Rosen said in a press release.” Well, that tough talk should end the murder epidemic. Which I believe now stands at about 38 YTD? I added in the VTA deaths which actually happened within the City limits of San Jose.
HB, you know why – they did not have 2nd grade communion photo readily available.
The Pro-Crime crowd (Community activitsts, Progressive DAs and Weak Judges) will tell you crime is down, but they have to go back decades and compare it to the most violent years of the late 60s and 70s.
This thug has been a repeat offender since he was arrested for Wife Beating almost 4 yrs ago.
Jan2018: 273.5 – Inflict Corporal Injury On Spouse/Cohabitant
Plus another 2020 murder investigation in San Joaquin County.
Does your count include the woman shot & killed last night? Reported just before 8 p.m. at Story Road & Kollmar Drive. ( San Jose PD)
In the last 5 years San Jose has seen Increasing Violent Cime and decreasing property crime (most likely due to no value in reporting property crimes with lack of police enforcement).
San Jose saw a 25% increase in homicides from 2019 to 2020.
The San Jose Homicide count varies by source but the Merc has:
2021: 38 homicides (YTD)
2020: 45 homicides
2019: 36 homicides
“The Pro-Crime crowd (Community activitsts, Progressive DAs and Weak Judges) will tell you crime is down, but they have to go back decades and compare it to the most violent years of the late 60s and 70s.” — CA PATRIOT
The 60’s and 70’s were excessively violent, but never mentioned was the role — the dominant role — demographics played in racking up some of those appalling statistics. Simply put, the Baby Boom deposited on our streets record numbers of young, impulsive people, thus turning the small percent of them inclined toward violent crime, or susceptible to violent political rhetoric, into a large and frightful number.
In addition, shooting and stabbing victims were far more likely to succumb to their wounds in the days before skilled paramedics and modern trauma centers. Paramedics save a lot of lives, and so important are trauma centers to survival that studies have revealed that an additional two miles distance to a trauma center (from one to three) will increase a 14% fatality rate to 18%. It is probably no exaggeration that one out of four wounds successfully treated today would’ve proved fatal in the past.
Communities are victimized by violent behavior, not fudged and cleansed statistics, and agencies, politicians, and news outlets that fail to responsibly inform the public about the real threat of violent behavior have as much blood on their hands as do the thugs.
Description: 25 year old san jose man. In the liberal new world order he is most likely to be referred to as “a subject operating outside the law” Thus if he is convicted, and I tread lightly here as our DA is a bit light in the shorts, he will be known as a state mandated housed individual. We will refrain from ever showing his picture if he is within a certain ethnic background. Its not fair to him to use his ethnic description or the fact that he is a violent predator. Soon everyone will be required to have a large photo of President Biden prominently displayed in their home. Neighbors will be required to report you if you deviate. Welcome to the USSA comrades Mr all capitals need not reply