This week On the Case With Paula Zahn, Kelli Bailey came home from nightshift to disturb a burglar who raped and murdered her.
November 2001 and 31-year-old Kelli Bailey was late home from her nightshift at the hospital where she worked so her stepfather John Greathouse went to check on her. He found Kelli lying on floor by the door to her bedroom and soon realised she was dead, he’d raised her like his own child and was understandably devastated.
The police investigation turned up a number of potential clues and fairly quickly the detective track down 22-year-old Alabama man Paul Everett. He confessed to the police and explained that he’d been in the middle of burgling Kelli’s house when she interupted her. The pair then struggled and he proceed to rape her before beating her to death in what was a savage attack.
Everett’s defense claimed that he was on drugs at the time of the attack and asked for the death penalty to be taken off the table. The jury were unconvinced and the he was found guilty on all charges and sentenced to death.
Paula Zahn talks to Kelli’s parents and examines how the police were able to track down her killer and get some form of justice for her stolen dreams.
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