Wife faces first degree murder charges for January shooting

Wife faces first degree murder charges for January shooting

Bilinda Gregory (Source: Sevier Co. Sheriff's Office) Bilinda Gregory (Source: Sevier Co. Sheriff's Office)

SEVIERVILLE (WATE) - A police report is shedding new light on the arrest of a Sevierville woman for a January shooting death.

Bilinda Morgan Gregory, 44, was arrested July 5 after speaking to police about the January 30 death of her husband, Donald Scott Gregory.

Neighbors told 6 News the couple only lived at their home for a year and had kept a low profile up until the shooting.

On Jan. 30 at around 6 p.m., deputies went to the couple's home on Estates Drive for a shooting call. Inside, they found Donald in the upstairs closet with multiple gunshot wounds.

Bilinda Gregory showed up at the Sevier County Sheriff's Office less than a half an hour later with two guns in hand.

She told investigators that her husband had pulled a gun on her during a fight and she had shot him in self defense.

On July 5, Bilinda met with a deputy at a Seymour McDonald's and requested to speak to a detective.

The deputy followed her to the sheriff's office where she gave a statement to detectives.

She told officials that on the day of her husband's death, she armed herself with a pistol after an argument with him.

He left the residence, she said, and returned a short time later.

Bilinda said she went into the closet in an upstairs bedroom and she shot him as he was coming out.

She told detectives she thought he was armed, but she realized after she had shot him that he was not.

She pushed a large piece of furniture to block Donald into the closet, took his gun from the nightstand and drove to the sheriff's office where she gave her initial statement to deputies.

She was arrested on July 5 and charged with first degree murder.

She has since been released on a $350,000 bond.

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