Chelsea murder case continues, no trial date set

By STEPHANIE BRUMFIELD / Staff Writer

CHELSEA – Daniel Scott Gentry, a 24-year-old Chelsea resident accused of murdering his grandmother, appeared before Judge Bill Bostick Sept. 9 for a motion hearing. No trial date has been set.

Gentry, after being charged with capital murder in 2012, pleaded not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect. In a hearing Sept. 9, Gentry’s attorneys asked for a trial date to be set for early to mid next year because of the large amount of evidence they would have to sift through.

Barry Alvis, one of Gentry’s attorneys, said they are in the process of gathering evidence from early years through the commission of the offense and thereafter, all pointing to “evidence of psychotic events.”

Bostick said his best guess for a trail date would be late January or early February, but they would revisit the issue at another motion hearing in late October.

Bostick also said they would revisit a motion filed by the defense to debar the death penalty at the Oct. hearing, when both the state and defense could make arguments for or against the motion.

Gentry, 24, of Chelsea, is  accused of murdering his grandmother, Carrie Elaine Gentry, also of Chelsea. Carrie Elaine Gentry was reported missing March 29, 2012 and her body was found in a submerged vehicle in an abandoned Leeds quarry on April 10, 2012. 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.