Jealousy suspected in death 

The suspect in a fatal shooting nine months ago in Redwood City appeared in court for the first time Tuesday on charges of murder and possession of a firearm.

Hayward resident Samuel Blackmon, 44, is suspected of the July 6, 2006, murder of Jeffery Henderson, then 49, at the Broadway Towers apartments at 1107 Second Ave. in Redwood City. Blackmon was arrested Friday in Hayward, Redwood City police Detective Ed Feeney said.

The victim’s wife, who found Henderson in her apartment, called 911 and said the death may have been a suicide. But when no weapon was found at the scene, police suspected murder, Feeney said.

Police declined to say whether Henderson, who had a residence in Menlo Park, was also living in the apartment at the time or had relocated because of marital problems.

Police and prosecutors refused to give a possible motive Tuesday, but Joyce McLeod, Henderson’s sister, said her brother’s death was the result of a relationship gone bad.

"It was like a death/love triangle [between Henderson, his wife and Blackmon], or something like that," McLeod told The Examiner. "It’s a deep tragedy for us."

Approached outside the courtroom, Blackmon’s family declined to comment until they learned more about the case.

Henderson was full of humor and loved his family, McLeod said. He had four sisters and a brother, and he loved to ride his Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

"He was very professional," McLeod said of her brother, who worked as a Sequoia School District bus driver for more than 25 years.

Feeney said a drawn-out investigation in which forensic lab tests and numerous interviews were conducted led to the Friday arrest of Blackmon.

Melanie Medel, the property manager at the Broadway Towers apartments at the time of Henderson’s death, said she was not contacted when the shooting occurred.

Officials with the building’s owners, Matteson Management Corp., told her very little about the shooting, she said.

Residents at the apartments said at the time they did not hear gunshots and were unaware that someone had died in the building.

Blackmon requested a court-appointed attorney in court Tuesday; his plea and arraignment are scheduled for April 11, according to prosecutor Sean Gallagher. He was remanded to jail on a no-bail status.

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