Florence Police identify victim in homicide, arrest made

Eric Bailey (Photo: Florence Police Department)

FLORENCE, Ala. – An arrest has been made in connection with a homicide investigation in Florence.

Florence Police confirmed that 49-year-old Eric Bailey has been charged with murder in connection with the case.

Investigators say that several witnesses came forward with information on the shooting.


Judy Staten (Facebook)

Officers were called to a home on N. Franklin Street for a welfare check around 11:36 p.m. Sunday night. They spoke with a man who told them about an incident on S. Magnolia St. That’s where police found a woman who was dead with a gunshot wound.


Investigators say the victim, 38-year-old Judy Staten, was shot once. Authorities say that her body was sent to the Department of Forensic Science for an autopsy.

Police say that Eric Bailey is in custody at this time at the Lauderdale County Detention Center.