Bond revoked in negligent homicide case

ELKINS – Bond was revoked Friday for a Beverly man facing a negligent homicide charge after he allegedly tried to communicate with a witness in the case, officials with the Randolph County Prosecutor’s Office said.

Bradley Allen Reed, 55, was indicted in June 2012 on one felony count of leaving the scene of a crash resulting in death, and misdemeanor counts of negligent homicide, unlawful taking of a vehicle, unsecured load and petit larceny after being accused of causing the Nov. 5, 2011, accident that killed 63-year-old Martha Rose of Beverly.

Reed was allegedly driving a red Dodge Neon hauling a trailer, which was carrying unsecured stolen vehicle rotors, police said. One of the rotors fell off the trailer near Dotson Run Road and smashed through the windshield of a Dodge Caravan occupied by Roger and Martha Rose. The rotor struck Martha Rose, who was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

On Friday, officials said Reed had allegedly entered the property of J.A. Burns, a former sheriff’s deputy and the investigating officer at the time of the incident, on Thursday, and the two had an exchange that resulted in Burns calling 911.

Officials believe the exchange was in regard to Burns’ testimony in Reed’s case.

Burns testified in an evidentiary suppression hearing Wednesday about the recording of an interview conducted in the Elkins detachment of the West Virginia State Police on Nov. 10, 2011, in which Reed and Burns discussed the incident.

According to the Tygart Valley Regional Jail’s website, Reed was booked on Friday, though there was no official word on any additional charges.

Randolph County Prosecuting Attorney Michael Parker confirmed on Friday that Reed’s bond had been revoked, but said Thursday’s incident was still under investigation.

Reed is set to go to trial on April 23 and 24, with jury selection scheduled for July 22.