Competency hearing set for elderly murder suspect

By NEAL WAGNER / City Editor

An elderly man charged with stabbing and killing his wife in Pelham’s Ballantrae Neighborhood in 2010 is scheduled to appear in court in November for a mental competency hearing.



William Virgil Proctor, 86, was arrested by Pelham police officers 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 Pelham’s Ballantrae neighborhood.

In 2012, Shelby County Circuit Court Judge Dan Reeves ordered Proctor undergo a psychiatric evaluation. Proctor originally was scheduled to appear in court in November 2012 and January 2013, but the hearings were delayed pending the results of the mental evaluation.

According to court documents, Reeves is now scheduled to review Proctor’s psychiatric evaluation in Nov. 14 and determine if Proctor is mentally competent to stand trial. Shelby County Court Supervisor Jill Smitherman previously said no trial date will be set until the mental evaluation is reviewed.