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Video: Wash. Jury Rules Trooper's 1998 Death a Homicide

October 20, 2011  | 

VIDEO: Wash. Trooper's 1998 Death Ruled Homicide

The 1998 shooting death of a Washington state trooper was a homicide and the woman's husband and stepson were responsible, an inquest jury concluded Wednesday.

The ruling overturned the coroner's ruling of suicide in the death of Ronda Reynolds. Lewis County Coroner Warren McLeod said he'll issue arrest warrants.

The evidence that cast doubt that the death was a suicide included the bullet entering Reynolds' head at a bizarre angle for a self-inflicted wound. Her body was in a bedroom closet and a pillow had been covering her head; the pillow had a bullet hole, but the gun was found between the pillow and her head.

The gun, which had been wiped clean of prints, was found in her left hand. The trooper was a right-handed, firearms instructor.

The lead sheriff's detective on the case, Jerry Berry, told The Seattle Times in 2009 that inconsistencies quickly arose in Ron Reynolds' account of what happened.

Other evidence suggested she had been preparing to leave alive. Several packed bags were found. She bought a plane ticket to Spokane the day before, and scrawled in lipstick on the bedroom mirror was a message to "call me."

Source: News Tribune

Tags: Washington State Patrol, Cold Cases, Detectives, Domestic Violence


Comments (4)

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Bob@Az. @ 10/20/2011 7:30 PM

Well, the blindfolded lady with the scales may be slow but it sure is nice to see She wasn't about to buy that load of...... Anyway, lets hope her Mom gets the rest of her wish and the worms involved in the cover-up pay dearly.

Tom Ret @ 10/20/2011 8:33 PM

Females typically don't commit suicide by shooting themselves in the head much less through a pillow. The evidence suggests that the victim was not suicidal just prior to her death and the evidence in general does not seem to add up to a suicide.

Davesam25G @ 10/20/2011 10:23 PM

The person quoted out of New York has the national bible on investigations like former LAPD Detective Pierce Brooks on officer safety! This is another unsupported investigation Ruling...Too many disconnect GSR-Blowback, smudges, hand used, alarm clock etc etc... - Everything in this reports leads to believe otherwise...Good article very educational KOMO-POLICE On-line!!

Morning Eagle @ 10/21/2011 10:33 AM

Presuming the evidence listed in this short article is correct, what the H*#^ took so long to figure out this was not a suicide? Was the coroner simply incompetent or .... did someone get to him? As a former State Trooper myself, I am glad Trooper Reynolds' mother persisted and FINALLY got someone to pay attention and clear her daughter’s name. Hopefully enough evidence has been preserved to convict whoever did this. It appears to have clearly been a premeditated act followed by purposeful alterations of evidence to try to make it look like what it wasn’t. That should demand the death penalty for her killer(s), especially if her husband is the one who pulled the trigger. He knew he was murdering a law enforcement officer and stealing the rest of her life but got to remain free for another thirteen years. NO plea deals should even be considered!

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