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Tim Bailey Found “Not Guilty” In Victoria Love’s Harassing Communications Criminal Case

Updated: Apr 1, 2018

By Donald V. Watkins ©Copyrighted and Published on March 30, 2018


Today is Good Friday. It is also the day a Tuscaloosa, Alabama Municipal Court Judge found Tim Bailey “Not Guilty” of a Harassing Communications criminal charge filed against him by Victoria Love in November 2017.


Tim Bailey is the father of Adam Bailey, a 24-year-old Northport, Alabama, man who was murdered by a group of Tuscaloosa, Alabama drug traffickers in August 2016.


Victoria Love is a Material Witness in Adam Bailey’s Murder Case


Victoria Love, 21, was the last person with Adam Bailey before he became extremely ill and passed out from an overdose of GHB that was unobtrusively administered to him while he was in the presence of Caleb Legrone. Ms. Love drove Adam to his Northport home after she noticed his deteriorating physical condition. She never called 911 for medical assistance once she noticed Adam’s condition. Instead, she talked to Legrone on a cellphone and left Adam alone in a truck outside of his home.


At some point after Adam passed out, he was strangled. Post mortem photographs show the presence of clearly visible choke marks on both sides of his neck. Brett Patrick Davis, a close friend and drug-trafficking partner of Caleb Legrone, has admitted that Legrone made the choke marks on Adam’s neck.


Legrone, who rushed to Adam Bailey’s house after talking to Victoria Love, was the last person with Adam before he flatlined at his home. After Northport police and paramedics were called to the home, Adam was taken to DCH Medical Center where he was placed on life-support for nearly a week.


While Adam was lying in a comatose state at the hospital, Legrone sent Victoria Love a text message stating that he (Legrone) had made up a false story to cover up for what really happened to Adam on the night he was drugged and strangled.


Investigator Jonathan C. Bryant, a TPD police officer assigned to the Tuscaloosa Metro Homicide Unit, questioned Victoria Love as part of the homicide investigation in Adam Bailey case. Bryant wrote the following summary of his interview with Love:


“Ms. Love stated she picked up Adam around 8pm on 8/8/2016 from his house. She stated when she got there he was inside his room with Alan Cook. Ms. Love advised they got onto Adam's truck and were going to get something to eat. She stated she had to drive because Adam appeared to be intoxicated and unable to drive. She stated Alan got into the back seat of the truck. Ms. Love stated they drove to the Sonic in Northport and Alan got out of the truck. She stated his vehicle was parked at a house but she could not remember where the house was located. She stated Alan was driving a red Mustang. Ms. Love stated Adam was acting weird and could not stay awake. She stated she drove him home and sat in the driveway with him inside the truck for about an hour. She stated he passed out but was snoring. Ms. Love stated Caleb Legrone called Adam's phone and she answered. She stated she told Legrone what Adam was doing. She stated Legrone told her to put some ice under Adam's armpit. Ms. Love went into the house and got some ice but Adam did not wake up. She stated she left Adam in his truck and went home. Ms. Love stated she heard Alan and Adam say they took some Xanax before going out. She stated Adam was breathing when she left him in his truck.”


Victoria Love’s actions on the night in question made her a material witness in Adam Bailey’s murder case.


What is more, cell phone extraction records from Ms. Love’s phone showed that she made/received calls and sent/received text messages and IMG images that were transmitted from 176 different cell phone tower locations in three states between August 6 and 9, 2016.


The Police File and Trial Evidence Did Not Support the Criminal Charge Against Tim Bailey

On November 12, 2017, Victoria Love went to the TPD and made a report about alleged Harassing Communications directed toward her by Tim Bailey. A total of three TPD officers worked on Love’s misdemeanor harassment case, excluding the arresting officer. Interestingly, the police file in Adam Bailey’s murder case indicates that only two TPD officers worked on the case.


According to the TPD police file, Victoria Love claims Tim Bailey harassed her because he posted “false allegations” about her on his personal Facebook page and on a Justice For Adam Bailey Facebook page. Investigator Ritamarie H. Thomason, the lead TPD officer in the case, noted that Tim Bailey did not call Victoria on her phone or appear at her home. After reviewing the Facebook postings that Victoria Love and her father provided her, Thomason repeatedly wrote, “I did not note any threat to Love.”


Bailey’s Facebook posts encouraged Victoria Love to be forthcoming with police about what really happened to Adam the night he was murdered. Tim Bailey also promised that he would use the legal system to seek justice for his son's murder. Finally, Tim Bailey stated that he would protect Victoria Love from any harm that those who murdered his son might cause her.


Following a trial in Tuscaloosa Municipal Court on March 22, 2018, Judge Rickey J. McKinney wrote, “After careful deliberation of the testimony and the evidence presented, the Court finds the Defendant not guilty” of Harassing Communications. With those words, the criminal case against Tim Bailey was over. He is once again a free man.


Update on Justice for Adam Bailey


The Justice for Adam Bailey page on Facebook constitutes an exercise in protected free speech. Victoria Love’s criminal case against Tim Bailey was designed to chill his freedom of speech in Adam Bailey’s murder case. In the end, it did not work.


To date, police have made no arrest in Adam Bailey’s murder case. By objective law enforcement standards, this homicide investigation has been sorely lacking.


The police file in Tim Bailey’s Harassing Communications case consisted of 55 pages of interview notes and records. The police file in Adam Bailey’s homicide case consists of 63 pages of interview notes and records.


Finally, the Northport Police Department's records, along with the medical records from DCH Medical Center and the tape of Caleb Legrone’s 911 call, contradict the TPD’s official account of Adam Bailey’s homicide. Northport police officers were the first law enforcement officials at the scene where Adam flatlined.


Stay tuned for more developments in Adam Bailey’s murder case.


PHOTO: Tim Bailey was arrested on December 14, 2017 on a misdemeanor charge of Harassing Communications. On March 30, 2018, Bailey was found "Not Guilty" of this charge. He is once again a free man.

PHOTO: Murder victim Adam Bailey was Tim Bailey's son.


© 2020 by Donald V. Watkins, P.C.