Dr. Terry Greer, the former pastor of Gardendale-Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church, will not go through a hearing to determine if he is mentally competent, and will instead go to trial on charges of murder and attempted murder.
A competency hearing had been set for last week, which would determine whether or not Greer should be committed to a mental institution and have his criminal charges dropped. The winter storm caused that hearing to be moved to Feb. 19, but on Tuesday Jefferson Circuit Judge Tommy Nail cancelled that hearing and set a trial date of July 21.
Nail did not say why the hearing was cancelled..
The competency hearing had been requested by Greer’s attorney, Henry Lagman. The request was based on Greer’s actions prior to the shooting, and health issues he had suffered. The original motion for the hearing cited information from a certified forensic examiner appointed by the state.
Greer is accused of shooting and killing his wife, Lisa, at the church parsonage in January of 2103. He’s also charged with shooting and wounding their daughter Suzanna.