Husband Charged in Wife's Death

By: Stephen Bowers Email
By: Stephen Bowers Email

Tammy Bagwell of the Little Rock community in Newton County was a wife and mother of two.

She and her husband Edward were also taking care of their 13-year-old niece.

Newton County Sheriff Jackie Knight says that on Saturday Nov. 28, a 911 was made by Edward Bagwell, saying his wife Tammy had shot and killed herself in her home on Burton Road.

"I had several questions about the scene, about the way everything looked," said Knight. "After investigating, we formally charged Mr. Bagwell with murder."

Knight responded with Chief Deputy Randy Patrick the night of the 911 call. He says the scene was not consistent with suicide. That's when the sheriff and investigators from the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation started doing some digging.

"The placement of the weapon, where it was in relation to where the body was, and a few more things that we don't want to get into now," said Knight, "but there were several things not consistent with suicide."

Knight said Tammy's family never believed she would kill herself.

"Their thoughts, right off the bat, they said 'he killed her'," said Knight.

Edward Bagwell was charged Monday with murder, nine days after his wife's death.

"Mr. Bagwell said that she has asked him for a divorce, and I don't think he wanted to give her one," Knight said.

Late Tuesday afternoon, Bagwell had his initial court appearance. His bond was set at $250,000.

Tammy Bagwell is survived by her son and daughter as well as her mother, two brothers, and three sisters. The children are now staying with their grandmother.

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  • by melissa Location: greenwood on Nov 10, 2011 at 09:34 AM
    I hope you burn in hell for what you did to my best friend .
  • by brittany Location: neshoba county on Jun 17, 2010 at 12:04 PM
    the kids did not see it but they were in the next room so the heard her scream an there was also two little kids in the house that aunt tammy babesit an they were only 5 an 1 years old. tammys kids were 10 an 6 an i was the oldest bein 15 so i had to be brave for the little ones while i was still scared.
  • by brittany Location: neshoba county on Jun 17, 2010 at 11:35 AM
    iam the child they were takin care of an i was not 13 i was 15 they only said that cause they ddn't want me in the case cause i saw it happen an they did not want more drama for me. i love my aunt an miss her very much an i hope my cousens are in a good home. i loved my uncle very much but wish he would not have done that. and thanks for the prayers everyone.:)(:
  • by clarke county on Dec 9, 2009 at 06:26 PM
    Good Job Uncle JACKIE
  • by ?????? Location: meridian on Dec 9, 2009 at 08:53 AM
    all are innocent until proven quilty
  • by Anonymous Location: newton county on Dec 9, 2009 at 07:56 AM
    I just wanted to say to Tammy's family God Bless You and I am praying for you. I hope and pray that those precious children did not witness what happened. I can't imagine what they must be going through. It's really sad for him to say that she did this and then find out that he did it instead. I hope and pray for peace and comfort to her family and that he will get right with our Lord before it's too late. God Bless..
  • by Anonymous on Dec 9, 2009 at 03:45 AM
    I felt the same way also everybody Kudos to sheriff Jackie Knight for doing and outstanding job. This sounded like a scene from foresic files. A job for the detective from 48 hrs...But u guys came threw and never to be underestimated by me again.....Again job well done
  • by Judy Location: Leesburg on Dec 8, 2009 at 07:45 PM
    My first memory of Tammy was when she was a little girl (around 3 or 4, I think). She spent several weeks one summer with my mom and dad and she loved it. We all fell in love with her warm smile immediately. Tammy is my cousin. She was a very vibrant person with lots to live for and she loved those kids unconditionally. My girls and I spent a pretty good bit of time with her at family birthdays and other activities. We even went to Disney World with a lot of the family and I think she loved it just as much as those kids. We will forever miss her. Please keep these precious children in your prayers. They will need lots of love and care for many, many years. Tammy, we will miss you..
  • by Thomas Location: Decatur on Dec 8, 2009 at 06:00 PM
    Huge Kudos to Sheriff Jackie Knight for a job well done!!
  • by tammy will be missed on Dec 8, 2009 at 04:57 PM
    I want everyone to pray for the children tonight. We will have to pray to for God to give us the strength to forgive the one who cuased this tragedy. But I know that Tammy loved life and loved the Lord and she will be reunited with the children that she loved one day in Heaven.
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