The youngest girl in Utah history to be charged as an adult for murder was scheduled to appear in a Tacoma court Monday.
Venus Ann Sherard, 17, who has been on the run since January, was arrested last week after Tacoma police learned she was wanted for the March 7, 1987, slaying of Ruby Kelly in Salt Lake City.Sherard is in the Pierce County, Wash., jail and was scheduled to begin extradition hearings in Pierce County Superior Court Monday.
Using the name "Venus Cruz," she was arrested July 15 at a "crack" house in central Tacoma, said police spokesman Mark Mann. She was charged with possession of cocaine and released from jail.
Last week, the FBI learned Cruz' true identity and notified Salt Lake authorities, who called Tacoma police Friday. Tacoma police officer Joe Kirby located Sherard within an hour, Mann said.
Sherard, charged with second-degree murder, is accused of stabbing Kelly numerous times in the chest during an argument that began at a party at 1018 W. Seventh South, Salt Lake City.
Sherard, 16 at the time, was originally charged as a juvenile with Kelly's death. But a 3rd District Juvenile Court judge certified her to stand trial as an adult.
Third District Judge David S. Young issued a warrant for Sherard's arrest after she failed to appear for a hearing in January.
Sherard is the sister of James Pernell Sherard, 20, who pleaded guilty last year to first-degree murder in the death of a Salt Lake woman.