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Three Persons Indicted for the Death of Their 78-Year-Old Relative

2/13/2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

A lengthy investigation into the July 2018 death of a 78-year-old Nashville man from a severe bed sore has now resulted in the indictment of three of his relatives on charges of reckless homicide and felony abuse of an impaired adult.

Willie Harper was admitted to Centennial Medical Center on July 12, 2018, suffering from a stage 4 bed sore. He died from complications of the chronic ulcer on July 27, 2018. The Medical Examiner, after an autopsy, ruled Harper’s death a homicide. The investigation by North Precinct detectives and Tennessee Adult Protective Services showed that lack of care of Harper by his family members led to his dire medical condition.

Indicted by the grand jury are Harper’s daughter, Shakela Bigsby, 41, who was arrested today by the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force. Arrested Wednesday night by North Precinct officers were Harper’s brother, Alford Bailey, 71, with whom Harper lived on 14th Avenue North, and Bailey’s daughter, Annise Bailey, 46.

A Criminal Court judge set bond for each of three at $100,000. They will be arraigned in the near future.

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Shakela Bigsby, 41

Alford Bailey, 71

Annise Bailey, 46