Sammy Henderson allegedly murdered woman during intercourse [MUGSHOT]

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Sammy Henderson
Sammy Henderson, 24, has been charged with second-degree murder for allegedly strangling Sherell Craighead to death while having intercourse with her over the weekend.

Henderson told authorities Craighead, 30, was a regular casual sex partner of his. He admitted to putting his hand around her neck while the two had intercourse on Saturday night or Sunday morning that began consensually, but culminated in rape. He denied, however, that his conduct could've caused her injuries.

Craighead's lifeless body was found by her 7-year-old son Sunday morning. The charging document details the very graphic death scene:

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A Star Tribune report details what Henderson told authorities:
Henderson turned himself into police on Monday, telling them he and Craighead had regular, casual sex. He was repeatedly evasive with authorities and initially denied getting "physical" with her. Henderson also tried to shift blame on Craighead, calling her a "drama queen" and telling police she flung herself against walls and caused her own injuries, the complaint said.

Under questioning by Sgt. Jake Peterson, Henderson eventually told police he forced anal sex on Craighead on Saturday even though it caused her pain and she told him to stop, the complaint said.

"Sergeant Peterson asked, 'But you never grabbed her neck tightly, right?' Henderson replied, 'No - not super tight,' " the charges said.
Henderson told authorities that after he finished having raping her, he laid Craighead on her bed "softly" and got up.

"He let her go and she 'just hit the bed' and let out a short grunt without saying anything else," the charging document says. "Henderson said she was right on the edge of the bed and thought she could have rolled off of it when he heard the thump."

The Strib reports that medical examiners determined Craighead's death was a homicide caused by asphyxia due to manual strangulation.

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.



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26 comments
Joshua Dorrian
Joshua Dorrian

It's the city pages people. They've always been the ones to report on the shit you might not want to hear.

Alex Browne
Alex Browne

To make their unremarkable incompetence even more profound just look at their new cover 'the science of understanding sex crimes'. Seems that the City Pages lacks basic understanding of what constitutes a sex crime, it doesn't take Benson and Stabler to figure it out in this story.

Joe Duggan
Joe Duggan

Remember, theyre a "news" company. Apparently this is what journalism is, and too many people are interested in this kind of news. It sells. For the same reason, we don't have a picture/story about the victim. Lets give this guy popularity, eh?

Nicole Schumacher
Nicole Schumacher

Um it's totally news. He isn't the only dude in the world capable of something so terrible and it's extremely relevant to quite a lot of peoples lives. People need to understand that these things happen so we as a society can change things. And Geez are you guys are a bunch of whiners. A women got brutally raped and murdered in our city AND OF ALL THE ATROCITIES the City Pages had the audacity to show it in MY News feed. Oh my, poor me, what a spiteful thing they have done to me..... Seriously... You guys are ridiculous.

Christine Brown
Christine Brown

it's totally news. it's not 'intercourse.' for one, because it's not Leave it to Beaver and I'm pretty sure the author is not 115 years old. Number two, when someone clearly tells you they don't want sex, and even that it hurts, still not wanting it, it's RAPE.

Nora Bosch Krings
Nora Bosch Krings

Why does Citypages continual post these awful stories. I am sad to see this is what you calk news. I am going to unlike. I am tired of seeing this crap on my news feed. Get better reporters and start sharing news that is actually relevant to our lives.

Mark DeRycke
Mark DeRycke

Another reason to consider the death penalty in Minnesota.

Elicia Price
Elicia Price

I feel so bad for the child... To witness such a gruesome scene involving your mother...

Andrew Jansen
Andrew Jansen

Gorss! OK, please don't share these sorts of stories.

Alex Browne
Alex Browne

A wtf is wrong with the City Pages for completely using a misleading headline. This was not during intercourse, it is RAPE when he forced her to do something that she was unwilling to do.

laxx1559
laxx1559

It sounds like a rape gone bad.

Ran Dazzle
Ran Dazzle

pretty mouth..hope it gets lots of use

elundmpls
elundmpls

According to his testimony, it was rape ("forced anal sex...she told him to stop"), not casual intercourse gone awry, as the rest of the article would lead you to believe.


Alex Browne
Alex Browne

Sick fuck! I hope someone does worse to him in jail.

jaredjeromeking1
jaredjeromeking1

@Alex Browne They were technically correct. Intercourse is a technical term that can be anything from a finger in your ear to a penis in an anus. Being that anal rape is a type of intercourse if  penetration occurred, he did kill her when they were having intercourse. Also. one can be raped with being having sexual intercourse but in colloquial English people have a tendency not to differentiate between rape and intercourse. Oh well, language is imperfect, as are we.

paysleasmomma
paysleasmomma

Aren't all rapes bad? I've never heard of one that had a happy ending.

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