Former pastor's murder case handed over to grand jury

Former pastor's murder case handed over to grand jury

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Former Gardendale pastor Terry Greer in court March 21. His attorney waived his right to a preliminary hearing. Source: WBRC video Former Gardendale pastor Terry Greer in court March 21. His attorney waived his right to a preliminary hearing. Source: WBRC video
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

The former Gardendale preacher accused of murder made an appearance in court Thursday.

Terry Greer is charged with killing his wife and attempting to kill his daughter before stabbing himself several times in his Gardendale home back in January.

Thursday, he was expected to have his preliminary hearing, which is usually a chance for the lead investigator to release more details about the case.

But Greer's attorney chose to waive his preliminary hearing, meaning it will go directly to the grand jury in the next one to three months.

Thursday in court, Greer used a walker to get around and seemed a little feeble. At one point the judge asked if he needed some help in approaching the bench.

Greer spent nearly two months in the hospital recovering from self-inflicted stab wounds before he was booked into the medical floor of the Jefferson County Jail on March 4.

Thursday's hearing would have surrounded the January 10 incident in which Gardendale police say Greer shot and killed his wife Lisa and shot and injured their 18-year-old daughter.

Greer's attorney, Henry Lagman, declined to say why he waived the hearing. He also would not comment on Greer's current health condition.

There were several folks in court to support Greer, however, they also declined to make any comments afterward.

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