The long road down

Monica Ruiz,

Jimmy Ho. Photo courtesy of FAU PD.


  • Jan. 31: Boynton Beach police arrested then-FAU police officer Jimmy Ho for the shooting of escort Sheri Deann Carter. He was charged with attempted first-degree murder and false imprisonment. He told police it was self defense.
  • Feb. 1: While in custody, Ho resigned from his position as corporal.
  • Feb. 2:  Ho’s first appearance in front of a judge. He was ordered held without bond, to undergo mental evaluation, and to have no contact with friends or family.
  • Feb. 3: Ho attempted suicide after he tried to hang himself in his Palm Beach County jail cell.
  • Feb. 4: Carter dies at Delray Medical Center from her injuries. She was shot twice and was paralyzed below the waist.  First-degree murder was added to Ho’s charges.
  • Feb. 9: Ho appeared in court after he tried to hang himself and Carter died. He remains in Palm Beach County without bail.
  • April 8: Status check for Ho. He was not in court, but state prosecutors said they planned to seek the death penalty.
  • May 31: Status check for Ho. He was not in court, but the judge granted more time to prepare for the case, trial date was set for Aug. 12.
  • Aug.12: Court date was pushed back till Oct. 6.
  • Oct. 6: During a status check, it was decided his next court date would be Dec. 12. Ho was not present in court.
  • Dec. 12: For the first time since February, Ho was present in court. His defense attorney, Elizabeth Ramsey, asked the judge to let the defense re-review evidence in the case — without the state prosecutors looking over her back. According to Ramsey, state attorney Sherri Collins made it “impossible” to review evidence in privacy.


  • Feb. 29: The defense and state attorneys met in court for another status check to see the progress of the case. On Friday, March 2, the defense had an appointment to review evidence for trial. It was decided that that a calendar call would be set for May 14, in which, if both attorneys are ready, a date for trial will be set.

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