Thursday, September 10, 2020

Murder suspect granted time to find new attorney

Raymond Lee Bailey

The next court appearance for the man accused of killing his ex-fiancee and three other people in Sumpter Township last month has been delayed.

Judge Tina Brooks Green of the 34th District Court agreed to reschedule the court conference for Raymond Lee Bailey to Sept. 16.  Brooks Green approved the delay to allow Bailey, 37, time to secure a different attorney, who will then need time to review the case.

During the brief video appearance last week, Bailey told the judge that he expected to meet his new attorney during the weekend. He was wearing a face mask and jail garb and is being held without bail in the Wayne County Jail.

“I had spoken with my family (Tuesday) and they said he would be here Saturday at 10 a.m.,” Bailey told the judge.

Assistant Wayne County Prosecutor Tara Hindelang told Green she has an “inordinate” amount of video evidence to send to Bailey's new attorney, who will replace Sharon Woodside.

Bailey is charged with four counts of first-degree murder and four counts of felony firearm in the Aug. 15 slaying of ex-fiancee Laura Tanner, 35; Sarah Grupa, 38, who was Tanner's sister; and brothers Forrest Sampson, 28, and Neil Sampson, 30. The four victims were shot with a handgun. The Sampsons and the two slain women were cousins.

Bailey reportedly told several people that he was responsible for the deaths by both text and telephone before he fled the area immediately following the shootings. His truck was found in Bay City the day after the killings and Bailey turned himself in to authorities that night. There had been a state-wide manhunt for him.

According to reports, Bailey had previously been charged with felony assault and misdemeanor domestic violence, but those charges had been dismissed in November and January.