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Former Newbern businessman charged with murder of 29-year-old female

Saturday, September 3, 2011

John Dewain Bailey
Investigators with the Newbern Police Department have arrested a former Newbern businessman for the murder of 29-year-old Helen Robertson.

John Dewain Bailey, 45, 708 West Main St., Newbern, was arrested on Friday morning and charged with first-degree murder.

Robertson, a single mother of two, was found murdered inside her residence on Patty Drive in Newbern on Wednesday evening from an apparent gunshot wound.

NPD investigators Lt. Rodney Wright and Lt. Greg Barr lead the investigation. Following a lead, they caught up with Bailey at his residence on West Main Street on Thursday afternoon. Wright and Barr then escorted him back to the police department for questioning, where he remained until being charged with Robertson's murder.

Wright stated they could not release the type of firearm used in the commission of the homicide, but did confirm Robertson was shot from outside of the house while she was by a window.

"However, it was not a drive-by shooting," said Wright.

Another person inside the residence, at the time of the shooting, found Robertson's body and called Newbern dispatch to report the incident.

Investigators added they do have what they believe to be the murder weapon in their possession.

Wright also said that since the investigation in ongoing he could not state exactly what Bailey's motive might have been.

"Our investigation has revealed that they did know one another and that the motive was personal in nature," said Wright. "But, at this time we just can't say what it is since the murder is still being actively investigated."

Wright noted Bailey is the former owner of Bailey's Tire and Lube that used to be located on Highway 211 North.

Newbern Police Chief Harold Dunivant stated his agency worked non-stop on the case until the suspect was charged.

"From the minute we received the 911 call, until an arrest was made, we didn't stop," said Dunivant.

Bailey is being held in the Dyer County Jail without bail. He is scheduled to appear in front of Newbern City Judge Jason Creasy on Wednesday, Sept.7.

Wright stated they are still investigating Robertson's murder and encouraged anyone with information about the victim or Bailey to contact Newbern Police at 627-2571.

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Guilty until proven innocence... The Dyer County way

-- Posted by TnWanderer on Fri, Sep 2, 2011, at 4:18 PM

Hope and pray that he gets the death penalty

-- Posted by Rebelman81 on Fri, Sep 2, 2011, at 10:40 PM

There is never justification for murdering another human being out of anger. This type behavior has reached epidemic proportions. Further, this type behavior has a negative impact on at least twenty people in each family. It is always sad and tragic whenever an individual resorts to this barbaric behavior.

-- Posted by Mister-D on Sat, Sep 3, 2011, at 1:41 AM

I just saw him at the VA office last Thursday.I used to work with him.Dang!

-- Posted by lloyd49 on Sat, Sep 3, 2011, at 7:40 PM

In this country a person is innocent until proven guilty. You all have this man judged already even before a trial. What has been done is never justified but neither is your prejudging.How can a Christian pray for the death penalty when no trial or verdict has been performed.

-- Posted by jackbeany on Sat, Sep 3, 2011, at 9:32 PM

U mean guilty until proven innocent..other wise, they wouldn't lock u up..... Whether the corrupted court systems of dyer co. justify his actions or not....god is the ultimate judge, but still the laws of the land has to be obeyed... It looks like they are trying to state facts.....stay tuned...

-- Posted by DMASE on Sat, Sep 3, 2011, at 11:12 PM

jackbeany,you should know that a christian basis

all of his thoughts,comments and actions on beliefs and beliefs only,not something he can prove.

-- Posted by appears2me on Mon, Sep 5, 2011, at 3:08 PM

some patriot. My beliefs have been around long before you or I came to be. The Bible is our foundation and it will never go away. I don't have to prove something that has been established by God Himself.

-- Posted by jackbeany on Tue, Sep 6, 2011, at 9:27 AM

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