Court appoints attorneys for double-homicide suspect

By NEAL WAGNER / City Editor

Shelby County Circuit Court Judge Dan Reeves has appointed a pair of defense attorneys to represent a Louisiana man charged with stabbing and killing his 9-month-old daughter and the baby’s mother in Alabaster.

Terrance Patterson

Alabaster police arrested 35-year-old Terrence 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.

Patterson was the infant’s father, police said previously.

Reeves recently appointed Birmingham attorneys Gary Young and Darryl Bender to represent Patterson. Birmingham attorney Glennon Threatt originally was appointed to represent Patterson, but he submitted a request to be removed from the case, according to court records.

A trial date has not yet been set for Patterson, according to court documents. He pleaded not guilty to the two counts of capital murder during an August 2011 hearing at the Shelby County Courthouse.

As of May 31, Patterson was being held in the Shelby County Jail without bond.

Police responded to the Shelby Motor Lodge on July 15, 2011 after they received a call from a hotel employee at about 11:45 a.m., according to police. The employee told officers a blood-covered black male exited Room 11 at the motor lodge before police were notified.

After first responders arrived on the scene, they transported Trinity Patterson by ambulance to Shelby Baptist Medical Center, where she was later declared deceased.

A Lifesaver helicopter airlifted Lacey to UAB Hospital, where she later died.

After Terrance Patterson was treated for minor injuries, he was taken into custody and charged with two counts of capital murder.

Alabaster police previously said the incident likely stemmed from a domestic dispute, and was the city’s first double-homicide.