A Tennessee judge has ordered a man wanted for murdering a former Spartanburg County Sheriff to remain behind bars.
The Unicoi County judge denied bond for Jeffrey Bailey at a hearing Wednesday morning. The Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Department has charged Bailey with murdering former sheriff Charlie Snipes. Snipes was found dead by deputies Tuesday morning at his used car business outside Spartanburg. County coroner Rusty Clevenger reported Snipes died from blunt force trauma to the head.
A court-appointed attorney for Bailey requested a mental evaluation for his client. Bailey remains in the Unicoi County Jail until the evaluation is finished.
A Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper spotted a white pickup truck belonging to Snipes driving on Interstate 26 near Erwin, which is about 45 miles north of Asheville. The trooper recognized the pickup from a BOLO alert (short for “Be On the Look Out”) he received only minutes earlier. After stopping the truck for a seatbelt violation, the trooper said he arrested driver Jeffrey Bailey as a fugitive from justice.
Current Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright said his department will work hard to figure out what happened.
We are scouring through lots of evidence. We have some real good evidence. We have video that we have to go over. We’re confirming some things.
Wright and other deputies made the trip to the Unicoi County Jail Tuesday night to question Bailey.
Snipes served as Spartanburg County Sheriff from 1961 to 1964. He was 82 years old.