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August 30, 2013

CPD: Murder/suicide case closed unless new evidence discovered

— Cullman officials said Thursday morning the case is closed on the murder/suicide that occurred Monday night around 9:30 involving two Cullman men, unless new information or witnesses are discovered.

More information was released based relating to the December 2012 assault and arrest involving the shooter, Terry Glen Bailey, 54, against the victim, David Eugene Abney, 42, both of Cullman, as well as the murder/suicide incident. Assistant Police Chief Craig Green said officer Trevor Clemmons responded to a call involving two men fighting at Gold Mark apartments in Cullman on December 24, 2012,around 11 p.m.

 “Mr. Bailey and Mr. Abney were both notably intoxicated and with the injuries being minor and the because the fight didn’t occur in our presence, we weren’t able to initially make an arrest on the scene,” Green said. “We explained, like we always do, their rights and the warrant process and Mr. Abney made it clear he did not want to file any charges against Mr. Bailey, even though he was acting belligerent. Officer Clemmons asked EMS to come and check both of the men’s injuries, but neither man indicated they needed or wanted to be transported to the hospital.”  

Green said that officer Clemmons explained their rights to both parties and Bailey became more vocal using obscenities which attracted neighbors outside, as many families were home because it was Christmas Eve.

“Mr. Bailey was cursing at his neighbors in the apartment complex,” Green said. “He was in an open-air lobby shared by eight different apartments.. it was obvious that the neighbors had come out because of him ranting and it put officer Clemmons in a tough position, but he felt he needed to made the arrest because he continued to use loud obscenities and gestures. So he was arrested for disorderly conduct, public intoxication and third-degree assault. Mr. Abney was cooperative and was not arrested.”

Thursday’s official statement said the shooter, Bailey, died from a self-inflicted gun shot wound to the head and the manner of death was suicide. The victim, Abney, died from gunshot wounds to the back of the head and the chest, and deemed a homicide. The police report claimed that the head and chest gunshot wounds killed him.

The investigation has confirmed five shots were fired, but only four of the projectiles have been located. The weapon used was a .32 caliber revolver, which was found in the shooter’s hand in his vehicle parked outside of the residence at 1426 3rd Street SW in Cullman, one block away from West Elementary School.

Lauren Estes can be reached at laurene@cullmantimes.com or 256-734-2131, ext. 137.

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