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A look back on the murder of Deputy James Anderson

By Taylor Barnhill  - bio | email 

LEE COUNTY, AL (WXTX) - The man accused of killing a Lee County Sheriff's deputy two years ago is heading to court Monday. Gregory Henderson is accused of running over Deputy James Anderson during a traffic stop.

September 24, 2009 Lee County Sheriff's Deputy James Anderson was training another deputy when they pulled over Gregory Henderson.

"The deputies followed the vehicle as it turned into a driveway of a residence. When one of the deputies attempted to make contact with the driver of the stopped vehicle, the driver accelerated forward, striking the deputy and pinning him under his car," explained Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones.

Deputy Anderson later died from his injuries at Columbus Regional Medical Center.

Captain Van Jackson with the Lee County Sheriff's office told News Leader Nine, "This is probably one of the toughest things you can experience. If you can imagine a family member being injured it would be the same type of feeling."

Police say Henderson was no stranger to the law, having served time in prison a few times before he was accused of killing a law enforcement officer.

 People who knew him, like his former neighbor Toni Biggs, said unfortunately they were not surprised by the news, "He had said one time when he was over here that he wasn't going back to prison unless it was for..... He said he was going to kill a cop."

Now two years after Deputy Anderson lost his life, the man accused of taking it, Gregory Henderson, will face a judge in his murder trial.

Major Tommy Carter with the Lee County Sheriff's Office said, "I know next week is going to be a tough week for all of us with the trial starting. But we have each other to lean on and we have Gods support and love to see us through."

Gregory Henderson has entered a plea of not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect. If convicted he is facing life in prison without parole or the death penalty. His trial begins Monday morning in Lee County.

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