Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Barry and Honey Sherman Victims of 'Targeted' Double Killing, Police Say

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Barry and Honey Sherman Victims of 'Targeted' Double Killing, Police Say

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Shermans' deaths a double killing, police say

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TORONTO - Billionaire generic drug tycoon Barry Sherman and his wife Honey were victims of a targeted double killing but no suspects have been identified, Toronto police said on Friday.

Det. Sgt. Susan Gomes, of the homicide squad, said thousands of hours of investigation have led police to that conclusion in a case that has grabbed public attention both for who the high-profile victims were and the mystery surrounding how they died.

"I believe in the six weeks of evidence that we've obtained that they were targeted," Gomes said. "Honey and Barry Sherman were found deceased in the lower-level pool area, hanging by belts from a poolside railing in a semi-seated position on the pool deck."

Barry Sherman, 75, founder of Canadian pharmaceutical giant Apotex, and Honey Sherman, 70, were dressed when found, police said.

Autopsy results revealed they died by "ligature neck compression," Gomes said. However, it was initially unclear whether the couple died by double suicide, homicide-suicide, or double homicide, leading police to initially classify the deaths as "suspicious."

"Facts guide our focus," Gomes said. "Conjecture and speculation have no place."

The couple was last seen alive on the evening of Dec. 13. Police, responding to a 911 call, found the bodies on Dec. 15 in their three-storey north-end home. Since then, investigators have been scouring the house, which was only released Friday morning to the family.

"There are no signs of forced entry on all access points to the home," Gomes said.

Gomes refused to say if anything was taken from the house or reports that marks were found on their wrists.

The Sherman family, upset by initial media reports that the deaths were a murder-suicide, hired their own team of investigators but Gomes said contact with relatives has been consistent and ongoing. …

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