North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL

February 11, 2013

Terry Greer's condition improving, attorney says

By Robert Carter
North Jefferson News

GARDENDALE — The condition of the Rev. Dr. Terry Greer continues to improve, according to his attorney.

Henry Lagman said that Greer has been taken out of the intensive care unit at UAB Hospital in Birmingham and put into a "step-down" room.

Lagman posted on his website that Greer continues to wear a ventilator collar, but is now eating solid food.

Greer remains under police guard as the suspect in the killing of his wife and wounding of his daughter on Jan. 10 at the parsonage of Gardendale-Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church, where he was the pastor at the time. Greer is accused of shooting his wife Lisa, who later died from the injuries, and also his daughter Suzanna as she was wrestling the gun away. Suzanna Greer was not seriously injured and has since recovered.

Terry Greer had gone through a series of health issues since a car wreck last October, when he struck a guard rail as he was driving himself to St. Vincent's Hospital in Birmingham for a suspected heart problem. He later suffered a concussion in November when he fell off the deck in the back of the church parsonage, as he was recovering from the wreck.

He was hospitalized after the shooting incident because of self-inflicted stab wounds. Authorities believe Dr. Greer was trying to kill himself after his daughter took the gun away. He later contracted pneumonia as a result of a stab that wounded a lung, Lagman previously said.

Lagman's latest post said that Terry Greer had lost about 43 pounds since the October wreck, with 10 to 12 pounds being lost since the shooting.

When Greer is released from the hospital, he will be arrested for one count of murder and another of attempted murder, according to Gardendale police.