Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Bridgette Gentry Marshall's death remains under investigation in Murfreesboro, TN, with no official ruling of suicide and confusion about firearm recovery


Steve and Bridgette Marshall
The death of Bridgette Gentry Marshall remains under investigation and has not officially been ruled a suicide, according to a report at Alabama Political Reporter (APR).

Ms. Marshall, the wife of Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall, died on June 24 in Murfreesboro, TN, reportedly from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. But the case still is open, with no official finding of suicide and no mention in police reports that a firearm was recovered, reports APR's Josh Moon. From the article:

The investigation into the death of Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall’s wife remains an open case in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and police officials there would not answer on Monday whether Bridgette Marshall’s death has officially been ruled a suicide.

Additionally, Murfreesboro Police will not disclose basic details about the firearm used in Marshall’s death, and the official police report omitted any mention of the recovery of the weapon.

What to make of the report's failure to mention that a firearm was recovered? That's hard to figure, and Moon writes:

APR was told by multiple current law enforcement officials who viewed the MPD report that leaving the recovery of the firearm — along with at least a general description of the weapon recovered — off the police report was odd. In light of those statements, APR contacted MPD to inquire about the weapon and why it wasn’t listed on the report.

MPD spokeswoman Officer Amy Norville told APR on Monday that a firearm was recovered by police at the scene, but she said, “we are not releasing the information about it because the investigation is still ongoing.”

When asked to clarify whether MPD had officially listed the cause of death as suicide, Norville responded: “According to the Detective on the case he has not closed the file, so it is still listed as an open investigation.”

How did such confusion enter the picture on the Marshall death? Moon explains:

On that initial report, the first officer on the scene, Eric Deleon, wrote that after discovering Marshall’s body on the couch inside an apartment on Puckett Creek Crossing, he contacted MPD’s Criminal Investigations Division, which took over the scene. Deleon listed “suicide” underneath a section of the report entitled “Description of Offense.”

According to law enforcement sources, that is likely not MPD’s official determination on the case, but was how officers initially viewed the incident. Additional evidence may or may not change that evaluation prior to an official designation.

APR requested to speak with an MPD official, and also asked specifically if the department still viewed Marshall’s death as a suicide, but neither question was answered.

According to the Tennessee Medical Examiner’s Office, an autopsy was performed early last week, but the results will not be available for several weeks.

Steve Marshall, who was appointed by scandal-plagued former Gov. Robert Bentley, faces a July 17 runoff against former AG Troy King. The winner will take on Democrat Joseph Siegelman in the Nov. 6 general election.

29 comments:

Anonymous said...

This has been a strange case from the word go.

Anonymous said...

No mention of a recovered gun in the incident report? Very strange.

Anonymous said...

Steve Marshall is one of the most unimpressive public officials I've ever seen in Alabama. And I've seen some bad ones.

Anonymous said...

Don't know what happened with Marshall's wife, but he is one sorry excuse for an AG. I wouldn't vote for him to run a lemonade stand.

Anonymous said...

Luther Strange set the AG bar so low that even Marshall can meet that standard.

Anonymous said...

Pretty sure research shows a woman is unlikely to kill herself via gunshot wound, or other messy method. They tend to go more for hangings and stuff like that.

legalschnauzer said...

@1:14 --

That's my understanding, too. Here is a study on the subject. Most likely methods for women are drug overdose and exsanguination (bleeding to death). I assume that last one usually means slitting the wrists. Men most often use hanging and asphyxia.


https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3539603/

Anonymous said...

Maybe Mr. Marshall had been getting some tail on the side, and Mrs. Marshall was fixin' to reveal some uncomfortable truths about that.

Anonymous said...

No matter how Mrs. Marshall died, I think you can bet the ranch another woman is involved with her hubby.

legalschnauzer said...

Interesting conclusions from suicide study noted above:


The study results indicate that women as a group more frequently attempted suicide rather than actually committing it, whereas men were more likely to complete suicides and choose more violent suicide methods; thus, women are the “attempters” and “survivors” of suicide attempts. The study findings may have implications for therapy and prevention of suicide, and suggest that psychotherapeutic activities should be tailored to the psychological and personality traits associated with gender identity.

Anonymous said...

The fact she lived in another in a location unknown to her husband and family until recently is very disturbing to me. Why was he not actively helping her? Sticking your head in the sand has rarely if ever worked. That press conference was sickening, airing out her dirty laundry was disrespectful to the deceased.

Anonymous said...

This is from 2012. Shows women are pretty evenly split re suicide method. We might prefer not to look bad, but use guns just as much as hanging and poison.

http://lostallhope.com/suicide-statistics/us-methods-suicide

Unknown said...

Glib he is.

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Unknown said...

Lol

Unknown said...

His interview speaks volumes. Tears aside

e.a.f. said...

With all the available drugs out and about, why anyone would use a gun to kill themselves is very, very strange. It would appear some one is trying to hide a whole lot of things. If the deceased is the wife of a major political figure in Alabama and she is living in another state, and not for business purposes, that usually means hiding.

It is doubtful the truth will be available to anyone outside of the loop. Its election time in America.

Tammy Page said...

I don't understand why he didn't call a family member that was close to her or the police after her telling him THAT THIS WOULD BE THE LAST PHONE CALL BETWEEN THEM. Normally, (in that case) the spouse would have hung up the phone and immediately called someone for help since he was in Montgomery!!! Even if the police had to break in the apartment to take her someone where she could have been watched. This man, didn't even attempt to call anyone nor did he get in his car and drive to where his wife was. Hmmm. I would of thought( in this situation) with him hearing her desperate cry for help and saying that would be the last phone call between them that Criminal Charges would be possible since he knew his wife was referring to suicide. If that situation ever happened to someone that wasn't involved in Politics I would bet that the investigation would be on for good!!! To me its like he needed attention because of him running again as Alabama's Attorney General. Just saying...

Anonymous said...

I can't hardly believe that Mr. Marshall didn't immediately hang up the phone and call a relative or the police to get his wife some help right away instead of doing nothing!! I mean Mr. Marshall said that she had made remarks about she was so tired of being tired BUT ALSO that she told him that this phone call would be the last between them. Normally, any spouse would have called the police and got into there vehicle and headed to them. I was thinking this is so strange,however, for a man to be in Politics and known so well he may be above the law, so to speak. Just my thoughts.

Anonymous said...

I think this whole story is fishy. First of all, any normal person would have immediately hung up the phone and called a relative or even the police after hearing her cry for help. Mr. Marshall said that she said she was tired of being tired and that this phone call would be the last between them. He didn't even get in his vehicle and drive to be with his wife knowing what she had just said and hearing the desperation in her voice. Can Criminal Charges be brought up against someone for actually knowing that a person is talking about suicide and not reporting it as soon as they know?

Anonymous said...

This story has hit me hard. Having had depression then dope troubles from trying to find anything that would help with my pain of depression, I think I might know a little about what this lady was facing. To die alone in a strange apt, in a strange state, with no friends is heartbreaking. The God I do business with is now protecting her. I know how it feels to think that you're a embarrassment to your family. Just think how this poor lady had to feel. Your husband is the state's top cop, and your a pill popping, crazy bitch who is only faking being in pain so you can get some more dope. That's what most of the public and health care workers thinks. It's funny how they have no problems treating fat junk eating people with high blood pressure who could do without the pills if only they would eat right and exercise. I don't know if the day will ever come when mental issues and drug addiction are treated as the health issues they are but until that day we the crazy drug heads had better find a way to survive. The drug buprenorphine saved my life. It's a cheap drug that's been around for years but only recently discover to be a miracle drug for addiction and depression. While this drug is a big help YOU have to find a way to WIN, find a way to SURVIVE. In my case God came to me and asked me how dare I think he had made a mistake in creating me. How dare I think he didn't know what he was doing,that he would create a sub level product, a failure who couldn't seem to fit in anywhere, on purpose? It was only then that I saw that just because I wasn't like the rest, just because it seemed I couldn't do anything right, it wasn't because I was a defect, it was because I was a special edition.I marched to my own drummers, yes that's right, just like the allman brothers I have two drummers beating out the beat I march by. God had a reason for making us who we are. Just because we don't see that reason doesn't mean it's not there. If your thinking of suicide I pray that you stop and think. You don't have to fit in, you don't have to measure up to anyone's level but your own. You are the captain of your own ship, the master of your own fate. It's past time you start acting like the boss God made you to be. Stop caring what others think! Lean to say, fuck you and that damn horse you rode to town on. You don't answer to anyone but God and I know for a fact he loves you. Find a way to be strong no matter what it takes. Your life may depend on it.

Unknown said...

Steve Marshall used Bridgette to the end. He does not know any other way. Do not vote for Steve Marshall.

Anonymous said...

I met Steve Marshall in person at a public event. And when I spoke with him I was astonished at how well he played the part of the ignorant. He acted as if he didn't know anything about the poor Megan Rondini girl at Alabama who committed suicide. I almost started to believe his "I know nothin'" routine, until I realized he couldn't possibly be that dumb and have passed the bar exam.

legalschnauzer said...

@1:50 --

Hah, interesting comment. Must say, though, I've come across some amazingly dumb people who supposedly passed the bar exam. Makes me wonder if some who "passed" didn't really pass and some who "failed" didn't really fail.

Anonymous said...

Wives and ex wives of Al Law Enforcement have a hard life especially when they know things. No where to turn. Long arm of the LAW reaching across state lines.

Unknown said...

Good point.

Unknown said...

He uses everyone.

Unknown said...

Word

Anonymous said...

Nothing Steve Marshall says in his press conference makes sense. A woman doesn't just leave her home out of supposed fear of embarrassing her husband and hurting his political career, talk to him everyday on the phone while not letting him know where she's living, and then kill herself with a gun. I don't see true grieving in him, he's really very glib and casual about her death, or any genuine concern for her. If the wife moved out because she was so ashamed of her mental health issues, why would the husband share this with the world rather than guard her privacy? Instead, he throws her under the bus while lauding her loyalty, sacrifice and love for him. Everything he says is really ultimately about him and designed to illicit pity for him (the poor husband who has to deal with his wife's mental health issues). He also attacks the AL for his daughter having to read about her mother's death, but then he lays out her supposed mental and addiction issues to the world. The whole thing is just very suspicious and his story does not add up. Two things we can all count on. He will move on fast with her replacement and the echoists in Alabama will vote him into office.

She seemed like a truly lovely woman who was in hiding, for good reason.