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Inside the Evidence: Taxicab homicide

Nikki Rudd
Updated: October 25, 2019 11:13 PM
Created: October 24, 2019 04:59 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — A Rochester father of two young girls was gunned down on the job. Neville Bailey was driving a cab when he was shot and killed. Nearly 15 years later, the case remains unsolved.

News10NBC is taking us inside the evidence of this cold case, and has exclusive crime scene pictures never released before.

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Bailey worked for Kodak for 20 years and was driving a cab for some extra cash. While on the job, he was killed in April 2005.

"Who would want to kill this man?" News10NBC's Nikki Rudd said.

"That's the mystery here," Rochester Police Investigator Tom Cassidy said.

 Cassidy and CJ Dominic were the original investigators on the case.

"This guy was an innocent hardworking guy. I mean, he didn't deserve this," former Investigator CJ Dominic said. 

The story starts at a phone booth on Lake Avenue near Emerson Street in Rochester.

"A female called Associate Taxi for a cab," Cassidy said.

That was at 8:48 p.m. on April 6, 2005. Two other cabs were dispatched but ended up getting other fares along the way. That's when Bailey took the call.

"We really lose track of him there," Cassidy said. "We assume he picked up that person on Lake Avenue."

About 15 minutes later at 9:05 p.m., Bailey's taxi was found crashed into a rock on Newbury Street off Driving Park Avenue.

"He must've hit the gas pedal so the tires were squealing," Dominic said.

Bailey had been shot.

"It appears he was confronted by someone who was outside the vehicle," Cassidy said.
 

News10NBC obtained pictures from the crime scene that have never been seen before.

"He was shot from the left side, from his driver's side," said Dominic.

Investigators say the bullet went through Bailey's arm and into his chest.

"What you can see here is the blood on the right-hand side of where he would've been sitting," Dominic said while looking over the crime scene pictures.

News10NBC spoke with Bailey's mother-in-law days after the homicide.

"Whoever did it, we're not going to rest until they come to justice," said Hattie Harvey.

Bailey left behind a wife and two young girls who grew up without their dad.

"My whole world went," Bailey's widow, Jeanette Bailey said. "My whole world just went."

All these years later the question remains: was the killer Bailey's last cab fare, or someone else?

"We really don't know," Cassidy said. 

Newbury Street is less than two miles from that phone booth on Lake Avenue.

"There's no record of where she was headed or where she wanted to go," Cassidy said. 

The drive would've taken about five minutes and Newbury Street is a dead end with no homes in an industrial area.

"I don't know if he was parked there," Cassidy said. "Maybe working on catching up on paperwork?"

So could robbery have been the motive?

"Taxicab robberies are not really uncommon," Cassidy said. "It certainly could have been a robbery, an attempted robbery that went bad."

However, investigators say Bailey still had money and valuables on him.

Someone out there knows who killed him. Rochester Police ask anyone with information to call them at (585) 428-7157.


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