Man accused of stabbing wife after being released from mental ward

Michael Wayne Lindsay is charged with the murder of his wife, Tammy Lindsay. (Source: Cullman County Sheriff's Office)
Michael Wayne Lindsay is charged with the murder of his wife, Tammy Lindsay. (Source: Cullman County Sheriff's Office)
Michael Lindsay being walked into jail (Source: Cullman County Sheriff's Office)
Michael Lindsay being walked into jail (Source: Cullman County Sheriff's Office)

A Cullman County man faces murder charges after deputies say he killed his wife hours after he was released from a mental hospital.

Deputies said when something this big happens in a small town like Baileyton, it rocks the entire community.

Deputies booked 48-year-old Michael Lindsay Monday afternoon and charged him with murdering his wife Tammy Lindsay, 31.

Neighbor Norman Harbin said he never expected to hear something like this from the husband and father of two daughters.

"I knew him pretty good and I never knew he'd do something like that or even think like that," Harbin said.

Deputies said the couple had been having issues for about a month, but they never responded to a ­call at 790 School House Road.  Lindsay had just been released from Walker Baptist Medical Centers on Tuesday. Tammy picked him up.

"It's my understanding that the judge signed an order on Tuesday before the incident doing a commitment pick up order on him," said Sheriff Mike Rainey   "A deputy went out and picked him up and brought him to the emergency room where they did an evaluation on him and they transferred him to the hospital. For some reason, the next day he told her to come get him; he was ready to come home.  So, I don't know if he was able to sign out or what the deal was."

Deputies said the noise from the attack woke the couples' 8 and 12-year-old daughters. Tammy was able to run to a neighbor's house to ask for help. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

"I just don't know what to think," Harbin said.  "I just couldn't believe that he'd done something like that.  He was always quiet you know and never thought of it."

Walker Baptist Medical Center would not confirm or deny that Lindsay was a patient there.

The couples' daughters are staying with family.  Lindsay is under a $100,000 cash bond, his first hearing is Tuesday.  Funeral arrangements for Tammy are scheduled for Tuesday.

[Click here to see video of Michael Lindsay being brought to jail]

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