Seymour woman charged with murder in January shooting death of husband

Jul. 06, 2013 @ 03:55 PM

A woman who claimed self-defense in the January shooting death of her husband has now been charged with his murder.

Bilinda M. Gregory, 44, of 1449 Estates Drive in Seymour was charged with first-degree murder on Friday night and is being held pending a bond hearing in General Sessions Court.

Her husband, Donald S. Gregory, 64, was found dead at their home on Jan. 30 from multiple gunshot wounds. Emergency dispatchers likely heard his last words when he called them to report he’d been shot.

Sevier County sheriff’s deputies found Donald Gregory dead when they entered his Estates Drive home Wednesday, Jan. 30. While officers were responding to the call, Bilinda Gregory walked into the sheriff’s office with two handguns and said she had shot her husband in self-defense, Sheriff Ron Seals said Saturday in announcing her arrest for murder.

After the incident an investigation was launched by the Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. The investigation had been ongoing since the incident, Seals said, and on Friday evening "an incriminating statement" was obtained by sheriff's detectives from Bilinda Gregory, leading to her being charged.

Donald Gregory called 911 about 6 p.m. Jan. 30 and told dispatchers he’d been shot. Deputies and emergency responders went to the scene, but waited to enter because it was unclear if the shooter were still present. Once deputies entered, they found

Gregory unresponsive and determined no one else was in the house.

Meanwhile Gregory’s wife and her daughter arrived at the sheriff’s office in Sevierville and told deputies they’d been involved in the shooting. Bilinda Gregory said she shot her husband during a domestic dispute, Capt. Jeff McCarter said at the time. The daughter lived at the house and was interviewed as a potential witness, McCarter said. No charges have been filed against the daughter.

The sheriff’s office responded to at least one domestic call at the same address in August, McCarter said in January.

Bilinda Gregory was booked into Sevier County Jail.