State Constable Robert Lee Bailey
South Carolina State Constable
End of Watch: Monday, May 14, 2007
Tour of Duty: 43 years
Badge Number: Not available
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Monday, May 14, 2007
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: Five suspects in custody
Constable Robert Bailey was shot and killed just after conducting a vehicle stop.
Constable Bailey had just cleared a traffic stop in Lincolnville and was on Greenwood street where two suspects lived. Gunfire was then heard by witnesses and radio contact with the constable was lost. When officers arrived at the scene, Constable Bailey was missing. His constable's cap, two pistols, several shell casings, and a large pool of his blood were found in the street, and also in the yard of a nearby home. His cruiser was later found burning about five miles away.
A five day search for Constable Bailey ended when his body was discovered in a shallow grave about 50 miles from where he was last seen.
Five suspects have been arrested in connection with the murder.
Constable Bailey had served as a volunteer South Carolina State Constable for 5 years, and had previously served with the Dorchester County Sheriff's Department for 38 years.
And From Bonnie's Blog of Crime pictures of two offenders of five who have been arrested in connection with this cowardly act.
Apparently some kind of struggle occurred and the Constable was shot multiple times. His body was then put in the Caprice. Bailey’s squad car was dumped and burned, as was his belt, holster and badge in a separate location. Then the couple called Washington and Smalls to help them. They met up at an exit off of Interstate 26 and Bailey’s body was moved to Washington’s car. The Caprice was then burned. The group then went to another exit off of the Interstate and buried his body in the shallow grave. Once the Caprice was discovered, agents arrested Asia Prioleau and she gave them the evidence needed to find Bailey’s body and make other arrests.
According to officials, Walter Fayall is being charged with murder, as is Asia Prioleau. Five people have been arrested in this case so far: Asia Prioleau, Walter Fayall, Brian Smalls, Jerome Washington and Asia Arlene O’Neil. Washington and Smalls are being charged with accessories after the fact. O’Neil is charged with accessory after the fact and obstruction of justice.
Rest in Peace Robert Lee Bailey