SPECIAL REPORT: Justice for Paul Bailey | News
NEWNAN, Ga. -- On the surface, it might seem like an open-and-shut case. A Coweta County man was beat up and put in the hospital where he later died. But there's a very real possibility that the man who attacked him may never face murder charges.
That's the nightmare situation in which the Bailey family finds itself.
Newnan Police say 54-year-old Paul Bailey was warming up his wife's car on a December morning last year. The noise from the revving engine apparently angered a man visiting Bailey's apartment complex, who then went to confront him.
Detectives say 19-year-old Brian Robert Pfeifer attacked Bailey, leaving him with several broken bones and a head injury.
Bailey underwent emergency surgery to stop bleeding in his brain. Ultimately, doctors were not able to stop the hemorrhaging and had to remove a section of Paul's skull to relieve the pressure.
Paul spent the better part of a month in the hospital. He was eventually transferred to a rehab facility, where his family says he had a massive stroke and died.
Paul's family says they want Pfeifer prosecuted for murder. However, the medical examiner's office says the autopsy showed the stroke was caused by hypertension and heart disease.
The medical examiner ruled Paul died from natural causes, not murder.
The Newnan Police Department say they are still investigating and collecting evidence which they will eventually turn over to the district attorney.