Trial date set in East Ridge murder case

Trial date set in East Ridge murder case

November 16th, 2012 by Todd South in Local Regional News

Randall Kenneth Reed

Randall Kenneth Reed

A man charged with robbing and suffocating a 70-year-old East Ridge woman has been scheduled for trial next year.

Randall Kenneth Reed, 44, faces a March 5, 2013, trial on murder and especially aggravated robbery charges in the death of Jane Stokes.

Prosecutors say Reed suffocated Stokes with a plastic bag and tied her hands behind her back after robbing her home at 707 Hardin Drive.

A neighbor found Stokes' body on the bedroom floor.

Reed was arrested in June 2011 after police say he used the woman's credit cards throughout Chattanooga after her death.

East Ridge police spokesman Erik Hopkins told the Times Free Press then that "a lot of physical evidence" connected Reed to the slaying.

But Reed's attorney, Chrissy Mincy, said her client is not the killer.

"We are convinced that the person responsible has not been found, and we look forward to clearing Mr. Reed's name," Mincy said.

Stokes had lived in the home for decades before her husband's death. She worked at an accounting firm for 20 years, according to more than 40 friends and neighbors who attended the East Ridge Municipal Court hearing for Reed last year.