Millsboro man accused of fatally strangling his grandmother

MILLSBORO — A 30-year-old Millsboro man allegedly strangled his grandmother to death and then stole her car in an effort to obtain drugs and get high, Delaware State Police said in a probable cause affidavit.

George A. Bailey III was living with his 69-year-old grandmother in the 26000 block of Schooner Lane of the Rehoboth Shores neighborhood at the time of her death, authorities said. After being informed of his Miranda rights, according to police in court documents, Mr. Bailey said he arrived at the residence on Oct. 10 after getting out of jail.

The grandson allegedly told police that he choked Lorraine Bradley on the afternoon of Oct. 12 as they were leaving the home for his probation meeting. He then took the keys and drove away in her car, police said in the affidavit.

“Bailey then traded use of the car for drugs,” police said in papers.

George A. Bailey III

Police were dispatched to the residence on Saturday after being contacted for a check of welfare complaint. A close friend of Ms. Bradley’s had not heard from her in at least a week, police said, which was very unusual.

The friend had tried calling her without success and went to the home as well, police said. It was found that the homeowner’s vehicle was missing, too, police said.

Police received no response at the door. Troopers forced entry through a window in the front of the home.

A deceased Ms. Bradley was found in a spare bedroom, according to authorities. A search warrant was also obtained, the affidavit stated.

“The residence appeared to have been gone through with some items thrown around, however there was no obvious signs of forced entry,” spokeswoman Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe said in a news release.

A Delaware Division of Forensic Science autopsy determined the cause of death was manual strangulation and the manner was ruled a homicide, police said.

Also, police said, “two dogs were deceased in the residence with no indications of how they died at this time.”

Mr. Bailey was located at the Greenwood Inn at 12036 Sussex Highway. He was taken into custody without incident on a violation of probation charge, police said. He was charged with first-degree murder and motor vehicle theft Monday, police said.

Following arraignment at Justice of the Peace Court 2 in Rehoboth Beach before Magistrate Larry R. Sipple, Mr. Bailey was committed to Sussex Correctional Institution in Georgetown on $1,002,000 cash only bond.

A preliminary hearing was scheduled for Thursday morning.

 

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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