Man found in car with body charged with murder

BUFORD -- Paul Sherman, the man found Monday in an Oldsmobile holding the body of a Buford woman, has been charged with murder.

Police found Sherman parked in a randomly selected, brush-covered backyard on Bona Road in Buford late Monday night.

After Sherman fled, police found the body of 59-year-old Joanne Kent in the trunk of the car.

Originally charging Sherman with obstruction, loitering and drug charges, police tacked on counts of murder and concealing the death of another Thursday.

Upon further investigation, the medical examiner's office determined that Kent had been strangled, police spokesman Cpl. Brian Kelly said Thursday.

Kelly could not discuss a specific motive involved, but did say Wednesday that Sherman and Kent were acquaintances.

The car, a 1997 Oldsmobile Cutlass, belonged to Kent's employer, Kelly said.

When police arrested Sherman at his nearby home, there was enough crack cocaine in his possession to book him for possession with intent to distribute.

Sherman is being held at Gwinnett County Jail without bond.