BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (ABC 33/40) – A judge has ruled a Methodist pastor from Gardendale is not guilty of murder and attempted murder due to mental insanity.
Terry Greer stood accused of fatally shooting his wife and injuring his daughter on January 10, 2013. Police say his daughter got the gun away from him and then he began stabbing himself with a knife.
Birmingham television station ABC 33/40 reports Circuit Judge Tommy Nail ruled Wednesday Greer didn’t know what he was doing when he opened fire.
The ruling followed testimony by a psychologist and two other experts.
Dr. Glen King also testified Greer remains a danger to himself and others. The judge agreed and ordered Greer to be committed to a state mental facility, ABC 33/40 reports.
Greer’s daughter, Suzanna, was present in court.
Greer’s wife, Lisa Ann Eidson Greer, had set up a psychiatric evaluation for him in December and he was due for a follow-up appointment the day of the shootings. Lisa was a Scottsboro native.
Prior to their time in Gardendale, the Greers were at First United Methodist Church in Decatur, where Rev. Greer served as senior pastor.