(WDEF) Detective Daniel Stevenson with the East Ridge Police Department was first to testify in Monday's preliminary hearing for the April 16th trial of Randall Reed. He spoke about his search of Reed's parents' home.
The attorney asked Dr. Stevenson, "Did at some point you obtain consent to search this location?" To which Stevenson answered, " I did. Prior to actually going to the home I obtained the consent to search the home."
Detective Stevenson testified Reed would occasionally use a downstairs bedroom in his parents' home. He and another officer also searched Reed's parents' garage. Detective Stevenson explained, "Located in the toolbox almost in the center of the garage was a bag of zip-ties that had been torn open at the top of the bag. And there were some missing zip-ties out of that pouch." An attorney then asked, "Were you made aware that when she was found her hands were essentially zip-tied behind her back?" Detective Stevenson answered, "Uh yes. I was aware. I was on the scene."
Randall Reed's mother, Linda Reed, also took the stand Monday. She testified Randall used the garage and downstairs of the home while she used the front door and upstairs rooms.
The attorney asked, "Was the garage a common area or was that Mr. Reed's area?" Linda Reed answered, "It was his and his daddy's."
Attorneys hoped Judge Stern would throw out the evidence found during the search of Randall's parents' home as well as the search of his car. But at the end of the preliminary motion, Judge Stern found all of the searches were done legally.
Judge Stern said, "I find that it was a legitimate search warrant, they were invited into the room by the other person staying there, and again he signed a probation order allowing law enforcement to search him, his car, his residence at any time with the warrant."
The defense also asked for cell phone evidence to be thrown out, but Judge Stern ruled it can be used in court.
The full trial begins April 16th.