Jeffersonville man accused of killing estranged wife goes before a judge

Published: Nov. 15, 2011 at 12:04 AM EST|Updated: Jan. 4, 2012 at 10:04 AM EST
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Edward Dale Bagshaw (Source: Clark County Jail)
Edward Dale Bagshaw (Source: Clark County Jail)
Kelly Bagshaw (Source: Family photo)
Kelly Bagshaw (Source: Family photo)
William McCall
William McCall

JEFFERSONVILLE, IN (WAVE) - A mother of two who was brutally stabbed is dead and her estranged husband is behind bars on a preliminary charge of murder.

Jeffersonville police say Edward "Dale" Bagshaw and his estranged wife, Kelly Bagshaw, were in the process of getting a divorce. On Sunday, police say Kelly Bagshaw was picking up their two children at the Lafayette Square Apartments off of 10th Street where Dale Bagshaw lives. According to a probable cause affidavit obtained by WAVE 3, Kelly Bagshaw was in her car when Dale Bagshaw came outside and got in the front passenger seat, they got into a verbal altercation in reference to a marital issue. The court documents say Kelly Bagshaw's phone began to ring, Dale Bagshaw grabbed it and she began fighting him for the phone.

Dale Bagshaw then told police he retrieved a folding knife from his pocket and stabbed Kelly. Police say Bagshaw went up to his apartment, washed the blood off his hands and called 911. According to police, Bagshaw told the dispatcher he just stabbed his wife and left the knife in the car. Neighbors say it unfolded in front of their two children.

Monday, Baghaw was in court to appear before a judge for the murder of his wife. He had nothing to say when he came before our camera.

"He is visibly shaken so are the family members and obvious reason for it," said William McCall, Bagshaw's attorney,.

Several members from Kelly Bagshaw's family were in court. Terry Clark, Kelly's older sister, was clinging on to a picture of Kelly. Clark told us she and her sister were very close and that Kelly tried to leave Dale several times.

"She was taken way too soon, that's for sure," said Clark. "Way too soon."

Pamela Herron, a long time friend of Dale Bagshaw, said the 46-year-old was going through a tough time. He had lost his auto business, his home, and has attempted suicide.

"My heart goes out to those kids," said Herron. "Love makes you do crazy things and this not his character at all."

As for Clark and her family, they only want one thing now – justice.

"He's got to live with every day what he did," said Clark. "He took a mother away from two babies."

Family members tell us the two children are in the custody of Dale Bagshaw's mother. Kelly Bagshaw's family said they will fight to get custody of the children, ages six and three.

Dale Bagshaw will be back in court November 16.

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