Law enforcement in Lauderdale County, Alabama says they were dispatched to a residence to perform a welfare check only to make a shocking discovery.
The Florence Police Department say they initially received a call to the home on North Franklin Street in East Florence at around 11:30 PM on Sunday.
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Once officers arrived at the scene they then found a disgruntled black male, identified as Eric Bailey, who was rambling about a violent incident that he said had potentially occurred across town on 308 South Magnolia Street.
When the police attempted to find out exactly what Bailey was referring to officers say he became belligerent and disorderly, so they could no longer acquire any further information from the man.
After leaving the residence they then headed over to the South Magnolia home in order to further investigate.
The patrol officers entered the home only to find a deceased white female laying in the living room who had a gunshot wound.
Crime scene investigators identified the victim as 38-year-old Judy Staten and established a homicide perimeter around the home.
Her body was later transported to the Department of Forensic Science for an autopsy to take place to determine what may or may not have happened.
After speaking with family members and witnesses Detectives were able to establish that 49-year-old Eric Dewayne Bailey, of whom they had encountered earlier at the first residence was in a relationship with the deceased victim.
Crime Scene Investigators from the Criminal Investigation Division spent several hours in the home of the homicide collecting evidence and processing the scene.
Officers say that the next day they received breakthrough information after several witnesses came forward with information on the shooting that pointed towards Bailey as being responsible for the shooting death of his girlfriend, which led to a first-degree murder warrant being placed on him.
Soon thereafter authorities were able to take him into custody for the homicide in which now he's being detained in the Lauderdale County Detention Center on $50,000 bond.
While they do have their suspect in custody law enforcement would like to hear from anyone who can give more information on the whereabouts of Bailey on specific dates to contact Florence Police at 256-760-6610 or 256-768-2764. You can also text a tip to 274637 using keyword FPDTIP plus your message.
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