BIRMINGHAM — A former Decatur pastor accused of killing his wife and wounding their daughter was released from a hospital and jailed Monday on a murder charge, nearly two months after police say he shot the women and tried to stab himself to death.
The Rev. Terry Greer was transferred from UAB Hospital to the Jefferson County Jail.
Greer, 54, was held without bail. He is accused of shooting and killing his wife, Lisa Greer, and attempting to kill his daughter, Suzanna Greer, who has recovered.
Terry Greer served eight years as pastor of First United Methodist Church in Decatur. Lisa is a former Decatur City Schools teacher, and Suzanna is a Decatur High School graduate and was attending the University of South Alabama.
Greer remains a United Methodist pastor but is suspended from duties.
An attorney for Greer did not return a phone call seeking comment.
The lawyer, Henry Lagman, previously said Greer was experiencing a “perfect storm” of personal and professional problems before the Jan. 10 shootings, which occurred at a church-owned home near Birmingham in Gardendale.
Greer was serving as pastor at Gardendale-Mount Vernon United Methodist at the time.
Greer, who came to the suburban Birmingham church in 2012 after leaving Decatur, suffered serious health problems last fall and was on medical leave before the shootings.
Authorities, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the case, said Greer’s tenure at the Decatur church has been under review as part of the shooting investigation. Officials with the denomination declined comment.
Greer, who pastored a large church and was prominent among north Alabama Methodists, was known for an outgoing personality and cheerfulness.
A booking photograph released by the jail showed Greer, unsmiling, in need of a shave and thinner than in previous pictures.
A white bandage on his throat covered an area typically used to insert a breathing tube.
Lagman, in previous online posts that detailed Greer’s injuries and recovery, said the minister had 17 stab wounds in the chest, four of which were “significant.”
Greer underwent operations and physical therapy before doctors determined he was well enough to leave the hospital.
In his last online message about Greer, posted Feb. 20, Lagman said Greer’s “psychological issues have not been addressed until this week.”
Lagman did not elaborate and said he could not release additional information because of court proceedings.
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