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August 29, 2013

CPD winding up investigation into murder/suicide

CULLMAN — Cullman investigators plan to conclude their investigation into the Monday’s murder/suicide case in coming days, but efforts continue to locate a fifth bullet that was fired at the scene.

The investigation has confirmed five shots were fired, but only four of the projectiles have been located.

Officials traveled again to the residence Wednesday where the shooting took place at 1426 3rd Street SW in Cullman to search for the missing bullet. Police Chief Kenny Culpepper said there was a lone, unfired shell still in the .32 caliber revolver, and they accounted for five gun shot wounds in the two bodies.

“The bullet that is unaccounted for entered and exited through the fatty tissue portion of the victim’s arm,” Culpepper said. “There were five shots fired. The victim was hit four times and shooter had one, self-inflicted gun shot wound to his head.”

 Assistant Police Chief Craig Green said the three bullets still lodged in the victim were in his upper arm, the right area of his chest, and the back of his neck.

 “It appears that after the victim was shot three times, he turned to flee from the shooter and was shot in the back of the neck,” Green said. “The bullet entered under the skin, and traveled around the skull.”

Law enforcement hopes to bring their investigation to a close as they have interviewed witnesses and sifted through evidence in the past three days.

“We are nearing contentment on closing the case,” Green said. “We hope to have it finished by the end of the week unless new evidence or witnesses are discovered.”

Law enforcement officials said the shooter, Terry Glen Bailey, 54, of Cullman, was arrested in December 2012 for third-degree assault against the victim, David Eugene Abney, 42, of Cullman. The murder/suicide incident occurred Monday night around 9:30 p.m., one block away from West Elementary School in Cullman.

* Lauren Estes can be reached at or 256-734-2131, ext. 137.

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