On May 2, 1706, the county justices noted that while no particular act of maleficium had been alleged against Sherwood, there was "great cause of suspicion". Consequently, the Sheriff of Princess Anne County took Sherwood into custody. Maximilian Boush, an early warden of Lynnhaven Parish Church, prosecuted the case against Sherwood. A jury from the Lynnhaven Parish Vestry (Colonel Edward Moseley, Captain John Moseley, Lieutenant-Colonel Adam Thoroughgood, Captain Woodhouse, Sir John Cornick, Captain Chapman, William Smyth, and Mr. Richardson) ordered a trial by ducking to be carried out on July 5, 1706, but heavy rains caused a postponement until July 10. Sherwood was taken inside Lynnhaven Parish Church (Number 2), placed on a stool and ordered to ask for forgiveness for her witchery. She replied, "I be not a witch, I be a healer."