Trial set for Alabaster double-murder suspectPublished 9:33am Tuesday, October 1, 2013
By NEAL WAGNER / City Editor
The trial for a Louisiana man charged with stabbing and killing his 9-month-old daughter and the baby’s mother at an Alabaster hotel is scheduled to begin in mid-November.
According to court documents filed on Sept. 25, the jury trial for 36-year-old Terrance Patterson is scheduled to begin at the Shelby County Courthouse at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 18.
Alabaster police arrested Patterson in July 2011 and charged him with two counts of capital murder after police said he allegedly stabbed and killed Columbiana resident Tryphena Lacey, 24, and her daughter, 9-month-old Trinity Lacey Patterson, in Room 11 at the Shelby Motor Lodge. He pleaded not guilty to the two counts of capital murder during an August 2011 hearing at the Shelby County Courthouse.
During a Sept. 20 hearing, Shelby County Circuit Court Judge Dan Reeves denied a motion filed by Patterson’s attorneys seeking to bar the death penalty. According to court documents, Gary Young and Michael Shores have been appointed to represent Patterson.
During the Sept. 20 hearing, Reeves said he would like to begin Patterson’s trial as soon as possible, noting the case is nearly two years old. If the defense and prosecution are not prepared in time for the Nov. 18 date, the next available trial date would be Feb. 10, 2014.
Alabaster Police Chief Curtis Rigney previously said the case was the first double-homicide in the city’s history.