Randall Reed Found Guilty in Jane Stokes Murder

Reported by: Caitlyn Jones

Edited by: Caitlyn Jones
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Updated: 4/18/2013 3:08 pm
    Amy Harpole, the daughter of a woman suffocated in her own home during a break in, leaves the courtroom relieved as Randall Reed is convicted of all charges.
     Those include first degree murder, felony murder, aggravated robbery, and theft under $500.
     "Justice has been served and God's will has been done," Harpole said.
      District Attorney Bill Cox said, "I thought it went as we had hoped and planned for it to go.  We knew what the evidence would be going in.  Felt like it was a strong case going in.  And it turned out it was."
     Medical Examiner Dr. Frank King testified on how 70-year-old Jane Stokes was killed.
     He described how her hands were tied and plastic was placed around her head.
      "I think she struggled against this wrap, she was alive when it was put on I know that.  She lived long enough to have pressure mark injuries and reactions to those," King said.
     Reed denied ever having contact with Stokes but admits he used her debit card to make purchases.
     However, evidence found in his parents garage of the very zip ties that were used to bind Stokes hands suggested otherwise.
      "When you know you're guilty of something, how long can you sit there and finally say okay I did it.  How? I don't know.  That was a real struggle to try to understand something like that," said Harpole.
        The jury didn't believe Reed's testimony, and that's helping Stoke's family move on.
        "We just go back to our normal life and we celebrate our mom on those special days," said Harpole, "Mothers day is coming up and we continue to just remember the good things, the big smile, and just the happy times that we had with our mom."
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