Gentry pleads not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect

By KATIE MCDOWELL/Lifestyles Editor

Daniel Scott Gentry entered a plea of not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect to an indictment charging him with capital murder during his arraignment on July 18.

Gentry, 24, of Chelsea, who is accused of murdering his grandmother, Carrie Elaine Gentry, also of Chelsea, said little during his arraignment before Circuit Judge Bill Bostick.

Barry Alvis, Gentry’s lawyer, entered the plea on his behalf.

Bostick did not set a trial date, and said Gentry will have to have a mental evaluation by the state.

Carrie Elaine Gentry was reported missing March 29 and her body was found in a submerged vehicle in an abandoned Leeds quarry on April 10. Shelby County District Attorney Robby Owens said Carrie Elaine Gentry was allegedly stabbed, struck with a hammer and possibly strangled.

Daniel Gentry is being held without bond at the Shelby County Jail.