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Serving Divorce Papers Turns into Assault

It might not be a good idea to bring your new girlfriend when you go to serve divorce papers to your soon to be ex-wife.

Divorce Papers and Assault

Sharona Coach-Barnes faces charges of assault charges after her husband brought his new girlfriend along with him to serve Coach-Barnes divorce papers. According to the affidavit, police allege that Coach-Barnes was so upset by her husband, Derico Barnes’ actions that she pulled a gun on the new girlfriend, Cherrita Evans. According to police, Coach-Barnes also punched Evans and pepper-sprayed her. When Evans and Barnes took off running, Coach-Barnes employed her mother and brother to help her track down Barnes and Evans. Allegedly, that is when she pointed a gun at Evans.

Neighbors Respond

Neighbors weighed in on the incident, and whether or not Barnes should have brought his new girlfriend. “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.” Neighbor, Teisa Foster had a differing opinion. “She should have got beat,” she said, referring to Evans. “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.” Some neighbors understand just why Coach-Barnes reacted the way she did but still feel there is never an excuse for violence. “She didn’t do anything to her,” one woman said. “She needs to go to jail.”


Coach-Barnes has been charged with assault and is being held on $30,000 bond.


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

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