The police investigation of former Decatur pastor Terry Greer is finished, he has recovered from his injuries and his first hearing is later this month.
A preliminary hearing for Greer is set for 1:30 p.m. March 21 in Circuit Court Judge Shelly Watkins courtroom in Birmingham.
Court records filed Thursday showed Greer participated in a brief court session this week after being jailed in the January slaying of his wife.
Arrest affidavits name Gardendale police officer Brian Baker as a witness, who said Greer, 54, intentionally shot his wife, Lisa Greer, 52, and his daughter, Suzanna Greer, 18, with a pistol Jan. 10.
Lisa died from her wounds, but Suzanna survived after a brief hospital stay.
Police said she was able to wrest the gun from her father’s hand and run to a neighbor’s house to call 911.
Terry Greer is charged with reckless murder and attempted murder.
He remains in jail without bail.
Greer was transferred to jail from University of Alabama-Birmingham Hospital after recovering from 17 apparently self-inflicted stab wounds.
Gardendale Police Chief Mike Walker said the police investigation into the shootings is finished, and the case seems open-and-shut.
“We call this a ‘smoking gun,’ ” he said.
Greer was pastor at First United Methodist Church in Decatur for eight years before trading pulpits with Rudy Guess at Gardendale-Mount Vernon United Methodist Church last year. Greer lived in the Gardendale church’s parsonage with his wife while his daughter attended her first semester at the University of South Alabama.
Walker said both churches were cooperative in the investigation, although police did not need much from the Decatur church.