Slocomb Man Sentenced to Life Without Parole

By: Vanessa Araiza Email
By: Vanessa Araiza Email

Davie Green, the mother of the victim’s children, says, "For five years I've had to look two little boys in the eye and I can't tell them what happened to their Daddy."

It was an emotional day for Davie Green and others in the Henry County Courthouse as they waited to hear the sentencing for 30-year-old James Bailey.

The judge says, "It is the judgment sense of this court that you be imprisoned in a penitentiary of the state of Alabama for a term of life without the possibility of parole."

Back in March of 2004, Bailey was charged with murder in connection with 23-year-old Charles Hatfield's death.

James was shot three times.

Four other people were also charged in the case.

Bailey says, "I'm sorry you lost your son, if there was anything I can do I can do to bring him back I would, but I can't."

During Friday’s sentencing James' family members and Bailey himself wanted a chance to express their feelings.

Donni Cox, the victim's mother, says, "I feel sorry for his mother, and his mother still has a son, I don't have a son, nor does his children have a father."

Davie Green says, "I've had to sit there with his mother and watch her cry, and I can't tell her why, nobody can, nobody's been able to and I have to live with that."

Bailey says, "I don't expect no mercy from this court, probably like C.J., I've never been given a chance at anything in my life but I got kids and I would be taking good care of them kids, treat them better than I treat my kids, let them know who their daddy was, he's probably going to be a pretty good man."

News 4 spoke with Bailey's attorney and his mother this morning.

While they did not want to make an on-camera statement, Bailey's mother says she is disappointed by the judge’s decision today.

Bailey has two previous life sentences for prior drug charges.

Along with life without parole, he will also have to pay $5,000 in fines.

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