Status hearing set for elderly man charged with murder
By NEAL WAGNER / City Editor
An 86-year-old Pelham man charged with stabbing his wife in Pelham’s Ballantrae neighborhood in 2010 is scheduled to appear in court for a status hearing on Nov. 26.
William Virgil Proctor was arrested on May 14, 2010 and charged with stabbing and killing his 77-year-old wife, Gwendolyn Elizabeth Tuggle Proctor, while she slept at the couple’s house in the 1300 block of Calliston Way.
In January 2012, Shelby County Circuit Court Judge Dan Reeves ordered Proctor to undergo a psychiatric evaluation at the request of the suspect’s attorneys, Barry and Lara Alvis.
A status hearing gives the judge, the defendant and the prosecution a chance to discuss the case and ask any questions they have of police or the judge. Shelby County Circuit Court Supervisor Jill Smitherman previously said no trail date will be set for Proctor until after the psychiatric evaluations are back, and said the time necessary to complete psychiatric evaluations varies on a case-by-case basis.
Proctor currently is being held in the Shelby County Jail on a $250,000 bond.