Bond Denied For Suspect In Shooting, Decapitation Case

Bond Denied For Suspect In Shooting, Decapitation Case

CREATED Jun 19, 2014

GALLATIN, Tenn. – The man accused of killing and decapitating his father-in-law will remain in jail until his arraignment. A Sumner County judge made the decision Thursday during a bond hearing.

Sandie Calvert, age 42, was arrested in February after officials with the Sumner County Sheriff's Office said he shot and dismembered his father-in-law, 67-year-old James Hudgins.

He was charged with first degree murder.

In court, Calvert said he killed Hudgins because he had sexually assaulted his wife and one of his daughters. His wife disputed those claims, saying that did not happen.

Catherine Calvert was also in court. She told the judge that her husband was delusional and that he got worse in the days leading to the murder.

“I believe a lot of these things were delusional because he would take a little bit of information and make it into something that it wasn’t,” she testified.

Defense attorneys asked for bond to be set in the case, but the judge denied the request, saying Calvert was mentally unstable and could be a danger to the general public.

An arraignment hearing was set for July 25.