Sheila Glover, Andalusia native, among victims in Daphne quadruple murder

Published 2:00 pm Friday, February 24, 2023

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An Andalusia native was among those killed in a quadruple murder in Daphne, Alabama Wednesday.

Sheila Glover, 71, was a family friend and often visited the Smith family in Daphne. That was where she was Wednesday when the murders occurred, killing her and three others.

Daphne police said Jared Tarant Smith-Bracy, 21, confessed to the murders, which included his grandparents, Barbara Smith, 72, and Lenard Smith, 80, and his brother, Jeremy Smith, 27. Smith-Bracy is charged with four counts of capital murder.

Glover was a retired U.S. Army veteran, serving 22 years, and had retired as a postal employee in Mobile. She lived in Andalusia for a time as an adult before buying a home in Daphne where she lived for about 20 years.

Her sister, Rose White-Parker of Andalusia, said Glover was a devoted Jehovah’s Witness who was always willing to help others.

“My sister was one of the sweetest people you would want to meet,” White-Parker said. “She was a Christian lady who would give you the shirt off her back, all you had to do was ask.”

Glover was one of 11 siblings: eight girls and three boys.

“Anyone who knew her would never forget her. She never met a stranger. She would go into her community and witness to people. She had a heart of gold. Every family needs a Shelia in it,” White-Parker said.

When police arrived at the scene of the Daphne home, Glover, along with Barbara and Jeremy, were discovered in the backyard of the home at 123 Melanie Loop, each having sustained gunshot wounds. The grandfather was found inside the home having been bludgeoned to death with a pickaxe. Police said they believe Smith-Bracy returned to the backyard and bludgeoned the other victims with the axe.

Smith-Bracy was charged earlier in the same day, about 9 a.m., on a criminal mischief charge for damaging a door at the residence. He was bonded out of jail in the afternoon and picked up at the jail by a friend. He allegedly took that friend’s gun when he left the vehicle. The driver has not been arrested and told police he was not aware of Smith-Bracy’s intentions.

Jared Tarant Smith-Bracy, 21, allegedly confessed to killing four people in Daphne, Alabama on Wednesday. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

Neighbors in the community heard the gunshots and called police. Smith-Bracy was found in a wooded area near the home. Police said Smith-Bracy confessed to the murders during an interview.

Smith-Bracy is charged with four counts of capital murder and he was denied bond at a hearing on Friday.

He was denied bond during a hearing Friday morning. Assistant District Attorney Teresa Heinz said more time is needed to determine whether to seek the death penalty against Smith-Bracy.