A Lee County grand jury has declined to indict a Phenix City man in connection with his wife’s apparently self-inflicted shooting death. Sheriff Jay Jones said the panel issued a “no bill” after considering the case of Edward R. “Bubba” Wade.
The action brings to a close an investigation begun in April 2011 after Tammy Danielle Wade, 28, was found shot in the head in the couple’s bathroom. Her death, the manner of which was ruled undetermined, followed a domestic dispute, and coroner Bill Harris had said he wasn’t convinced “it was an outright suicide.”
The shooting happened on the morning of April 2, 2011, several hours after the couple began arguing at a Columbus night club. Edward Wade had seen his wife talking with another man, according to court records.
The fight continued inside their Lee Road 597 home, where Edward Wade reportedly pointed a gun at his chest and threatened to shoot himself. Neighbors reported hearing loud arguing before the shooting. Authorities said the couple’s two children were not home at the time.
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The investigation remained open until a few months ago, when sheriff’s officials received results of ballistics testing. Investigators had recovered two 9mm handguns inside the home.
Edward Wade, 29, admitted striking his wife several hours before the fatal shooting. He pleaded guilty to the earlier assault and was sentenced to probation and ordered to pay a fine. He also was sentenced to spend two days in jail, court records show.
Edward Wade couldn’t immediately be reached for comment. District Attorney Robbie Treese didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment.