Barbara Sheehan Breaks Down On Stand, Complains Of Chest Pains

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — It was another day of emotional testimony for Barbara Sheehan, the Queens woman who shot her husband 11 times inside their home.

Sheehan killed her husband Raymond, a retired NYPD lieutenant, at their Howard Beach home.

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Sheehan admitted killing Raymond in February 2008 and said she carried a gun out of fear. She claims she was the victim of years of abuse at the hands of her husband.

While prosecutors call it murder, Sheehan claims she shot him in an act of self-defense after he threatened to kill her.

Prosecutors had been grilling Sheehan since she took the stand on Monday.

Under cross-examination Wednesday, she first denied but eventually admitted she benefited financially from the death of her husband, who had three life insurance policies.

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Prosecutors said she wrote a letter to one insurance company days after getting out of Rikers Island that said “My husband Raymond Sheehan passed away on February 18, 2008.”

Since she was charged with the murder, she couldn’t collect directly and had the money sent to her children who in turn, wrote her a series of checks totalling over $500,000, prosecutors said.

Sheehan denied receiving any money until she was shown copies of the cancelled checks in court.

Later, Sheehan nearly collapsed on the stand after the prosecutor confronted her with one of the guns used in the murder and asked her to demonstrate how she shot her husband.

“Do I have to?” Sheehan pleaded with the judge before breaking down sobbing.

The judge called a recess before Sheehan began heaving and complaining of chest pains.

Sheehan’s son, 21-year-old Raymond, later took the stand and told the jury his mom was a battered wife.

“I support my mom 100 percent. I know everything she’s telling is the truth,” he said.

On Monday, Sheehan testified that her husband would call her “stupid, fat and a terrible mother” and would choke her, knock her down, step on her and spit in her face.

But the District Attorney’s office has called the shooting an execution killing, not an act of self-defense and said that Sheehan could have left at anytime, but did not.

In addition to portraying Sheehan as a woman who was living the life of luxury, prosecutors on Tuesday also suggested Sheehan killed her ex-cop husband not out of fear, but because he tried to force her to engage in a sexual fetish.

What do you think? Share your thoughts below…

  • The Facts

    Guilty as charged.


    She is a good actress.

  • Sir Peter

    Sheehan denied receiving any money until she was shown copies of the cancelled checks in court.

    Has she ever thought of becoming a CEO? She would make a good one. She already has experience as a murderer and a crook.

  • Lieutenantdan

    She does not appear to be a timid type of person.
    I am sitting here wondering what this woman could of done to him in their years together. I believe that she could be an abuser and could probably be a sociopath.
    She already has not told the truth about the life insurance money.
    The DA would have found out about the life insurance.
    She does not appear to be credible.


    Ok, interesting that she would deny getting money and then be presented with the checks…oh now I remember. Also, the fake breaking down on the stand. I think the acting is going to act her right into jail…she only spent 3 days in jail for shooting someone 11 times…and once she got out, she immediately filed for his life insurance. We are not in the 1950’s here, she could have left at anytime, and she worked full time, so she had her own money. All those trips…doesn’t sound so bad…plus lying on OPRAH???? It is all fascinating.

  • Vik

    And he should have gotten his A$$ kicked and beach slapped for abusing his wife — if this is true. Cop or no cop. Only a cowardly animal beats a woman. End of discussion

  • Reverend Rev

    The bottom line remains: She shot a COP. The fact that he was retired is irrelevant. Once a cop, always a cop.

    She should get no trial, no jury, and no presumption of innocence. Automatic death penalty. Period. End of discussion.

    • Omar

      Are you friggin serious? Maybe you should get the death penalty for being terminally stupid. Stop polluting the gene pool and off yourself immediately.

      • dwight g

        Good One, Omar

    • LiberalsAreEvil

      Rev, you are a butthole!

    • tired of fools who write stupid shit!

      You’re an IDIOT, “Reverend”!!!!

    • Sam

      OMG, you call yourself Reverend and spit out this garbage. You must be gods joke on society.

    • dwight g

      Jackass !!!

    • Fernando Martinez


    • Suzy V

      Once again reverend… Comments from a person that talks like a idiot!! Are you American??? In America your are innocent until proven guilty. Everyone deserves a trial.

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