Formal charges have been filed against a man accused of shooting another man to death in April.
Prosecuting Attorney S. Kyle Hunter charged Antonio Bailey, 22, with capital murder in the April 26 death of Patrick McKenzie, 29, whose body was found lying on the south side of Lake Saracen after police responded to a report of a body in the lake. McKenzie was pronounced dead at the scene by Jefferson County Coroner Chad Kelley, who listed the cause of death as multiple gunshot wounds to the upper body.
A witness who was standing in the parking lot at 707 W. Pullen St. told officer Natalie McCool that he was with McKenzie and Bailey as they were walking in an area near the lake and said Bailey had asked them to help him look for some money he had lost near the bank of the lake. The witness said an altercation broke out between Bailey and McKenzie, which led to Bailey shooting at McKenzie, who was hit twice in the right shoulder as he tried to flee.
The witness also told police that McKenzie and Bailey started fighting while in the water, and Bailey held McKenzie’s head under water until he was unconscious. Bailey then ran to 707 W. Pullen St. and went in the back door. He was arrested from inside the back residential area of the building wearing only his underwear.
Detective Tamina Smith said in a probable cause affidavit that when Bailey was questioned, he said he had been in a fight but not with McKenzie and denied being with him that day. He said he went to the address on Pullen Street after the fight and went to sleep on the couch. His wet clothes were located inside the residence after the owner gave permission to search.
In May 2014, when Bailey was 18, he was arrested after being identified as one of three men who had robbed Popeye’s Chicken at 2700 S. Olive St. Bailey, who worked at the business, was identified by one of the other employees. That case is still pending in circuit court.
Bailey will be held without bond. The Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent him at a probable cause hearing in April.