HARTFORD—Ghosts made Calwyn Fearon fatally shoot his girlfriend over the weekend and leave their Hartford apartment in her Jaguar, he later told police.
Fearon "was having issues with ghosts that were taunting him and making fun," according to a police report released Monday after Fearon's arraignment on a murder charge at Superior Court in Hartford.
"Mr. Fearon explained that Sharon was lying on the bed and that he was lying next to her, and that she never saw it coming."
About 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Tyrell-Barnaby's worried daughter called police and told them that she had been trying to reach her mother for two days. Tyrell-Barnaby, 52, was recovering from a stroke in the Bodwell Street apartment that she shared with Fearon, 31. Within 10 minutes, medics found her in bed with at least one gunshot wound to the temple, police said in the report.
Officers alerted area police departments about Tyrell-Barnaby's missing 2003 Jaguar, and a West Hartford officer spotted it on New Britain Avenue. The car eventually was pulled over on New Britain Avenue in Hartford, in the area of Ansonia Street.
Police asked Fearon if he would go to headquarters with them, and he responded, "Sure, no problem," the report says.
Once at headquarters, he at first denied having anything to do with Tyrell-Barnaby's death, the report says. Then he admitted that he shot and killed her with a .25-caliber gun, got in her car and left, it says.
He said he didn't remember what he did with the gun, police said.
A mental health watch was ordered for Fearon during his arraignment in a crowded courtroom Monday. He is on probation in New York, where he had been arrested on charges that include criminal possession of a weapon, a court official said. Judge Carl Taylor set bail at $1 million and scheduled Fearon's next court date for April 7.
Twenty minutes earlier, the arraignment was started and stopped because of the movements and anguished cries of onlookers. A man who had been sitting in the gallery stood up - which court personnel took as a threat - and another who had been standing started walking toward Fearon.
A woman cried out in anger, "Why did you have to kill that girl? Why?"
Everyone was told to leave the courtroom, which was reopened 20 minutes later after four state troopers arrived to supplement the judicial marshal staff.