Former deputy says Reed ‘harassed’ him

ELKINS – A Beverly man soon to be tried for negligent homicide may also be charged with intimidation of a witness after a former sheriff’s deputy accused him of harassment, according to court documents.

Bond for Bradley Allen Reed, 55, was revoked Friday after he allegedly went to the home of J.A. Burns, who had been the investigating officer in Reed’s negligent homicide case. Burns testified against Reed in a suppression hearing in Randolph County Circuit Court Wednesday.

Reed 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 on Thursday, and the two had an exchange that resulted in Burns calling 911.

According to the statement Burns gave police on Thursday, he was driving his pick-up truck and “pulling a trailer loaded with four chicken BBQ pits” when he realized Reed was driving behind him.

“As I pulled into my driveway, I noticed that Brad Reed was following me and circled the block approximately two times,” Burns said in his statement. “Brad Reed then pulled along U.S. 219 in front of my residence. (He) then got out of his vehicle, walked across U.S. 219 into my yard. (He) began yelling at me, stating that I had testified against him the day before about his unsecured load and stated that my trailer was unsecured.”

According to his statement, Burns told Reed he needed to get off his property, then Reed “stepped onto the sidewalk directly in front of (Burns’) residence” and “continued to yell and harass” him. Burns eventually called 911 and “requested police to respond” while Reed “began flagging traffic and yelling at vehicles” to look at Burns’ truck, according to the statement.

The motion to revoke Reed’s bond states “the actions of the Defendant (Reed) are… criminal in nature being a violation of West Virginia State Code 61-5-27 (Intimidation/harassment of a witness).”

Randolph County Prosecuting Attorney Michael Parker said Monday afternoon that no additional charges have been filed against Reed at this time, noting the matter is still under investigation.

The Tygart Valley Regional Jail’s website states Reed was booked at the facility on Friday.

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

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