Elizabethton native faces murder charge in Alabama

John Thompson • Jan 12, 2013 at 9:59 AM

ELIZABETHTON — An Elizabethton native, Terry Greer, has been charged by Alabama authorities with one count of murder and one count of attempted murder following a domestic violence shooting in his Gardendale, Ala., home on Thursday.

Greer is accused in the shootings that killed his wife, Lisa Greer, 52, and injured his daughter, Suzanna, a freshman at the University of South Alabama. The charges were announced Friday afternoon in a news conference held by the Gardendale Police Department.

Greer was in stable condition in the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital, where he is being treated for self-inflicted stab wounds.

Gardendale Police Chief Mike Walker said in the news conference that Greer shot his wife and daughter with a pistol. Suzanne was able to get the gun away from her father and fled to a neighbor’s home, where the incident was reported to 911. Greer reportedly stabbed himself in the neck and chest after his daughter took away the pistol.

The Jefferson County Coroner’s Office said Lisa Greer, 52, died at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital early Friday morning. She was a teacher.

The home where the incident took place is the parsonage of Gardendale-Mount Vernon United Methodist Church, where Greer is senior pastor.

Greer still has family in the Elizabethton area but most of his professional life has been spent in the Alabama area.

According to his biography on the church website, Greer served in the Army for nine years. His last military assignment was on the staff of the deputy commanding general at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Ala.

He is a graduate of several schools in Alabama, where he received degrees in religion. He received a master of divinity degree from Emory University in Atlanta and his doctor of ministry degree from the Theological School of Drew University in New Jersey.

He took over the Gardendale pastorage in June, transfering from First Methodist Church in Decatur, Ala. He has been inactive in the Gardendale Church for several months because of health problems and injuries suffered in an accident.

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