Formal Charges Expected Monday in Connection with Thursday’s Shooting Death

Formal criminal charges are expected Monday for the man accused of killing 75-year-old Randall Bailey before leading police on a pursuit on Thanksgiving Day. Probable cause was found by the court Saturday morning, and James Lee Campbell, 52, will be held with no bond, according to Starke County Prosecutor Leslie Baker.

The probable cause affidavit alleges that Campbell shot Bailey in front of five witnesses in Bailey’s home, including Bailey’s wife, step-children, and step-grandchildren. The witnesses interviewed told police that there was no altercation between the two men before the shots were heard.

Some of the witnesses reportedly said that after hearing the first shot, they went into the hallway and saw Campbell standing over Bailey and fire one shot into Bailey’s head. A few of the people in the home said they fled into the nearby woods, along with the children who were there at the time.

Bailey’s wife also reportedly told police that Campbell “was the son of her sister and that she had not seen him in a very long time.”