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Pa. man charged in Dec. slayings

February 14, 1997

By LISA GRAYBEAL

Staff Writer, Waynesboro

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Chambersburg man was charged Thursday in the December 1996 slaying of his estranged wife and stepdaughter, whose names, along with others, were included on what investigators believe may have been a "death list," according to court documents.

Albert Ezron Reid, 49, was charged with criminal homicide and burglary in the Dec. 27, 1996, shooting deaths of Reid's estranged wife, Carla A. Reid, 36, and his stepdaughter, Deidra L. Moore, 14, both of 2204 Sollenberger Road, about three miles north of Chambersburg.

Reid was arraigned before District Justice Gary Carter and ordered held in Franklin County Prison. No bail was set. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled before Carter on Feb. 21.

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Pennsylvania State Police found a list of names, written on a drawing of a headstone, during a search of Reid's room at the Roselawn Motel, 2347 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, court records said.

"Said document appears to be a death list and depicted a headstone with the names of the victims, Carla Reid and Deidra Moore, and other persons associated with the prosecution of Albert Reid in the aforementioned sexual assault case," according to the affidavit of probable cause filed by police.

Police would not reveal the other names on the list, court records said.

At the time of the shootings, Reid was awaiting trial on a charge of aggravated indecent assault of Moore.

He was accused of sexually touching the girl, then age 11, in the summer of 1994, court records said. Reid's trial on the charge is set for Monday, despite Moore's death.

Reid has been in prison on the assault charges since the day of the slayings. Franklin County Judge John Walker revoked his bond on Jan. 8, ruling that Reid had violated the terms of his $10,000 bond when he moved from Biglerville, Pa., to the Roselawn Motel.

"It's been a time-consuming investigation," said Franklin County District Attorney John F. Nelson. "It's not unusual in major cases like this."

Carla Reid and Moore died of single gunshot wounds to the head, according to a report by Deputy Chief Coroner Jeffrey R. Conner.

At the time of the shootings, five other children were inside the house. They were not injured in the shooting, and are staying with family members pending custody arrangements, Nelson said.

Two of the children were sleeping next to Carla Reid and another was sleeping next to Moore when the mother and daughter were shot, court records said.

Interviews with the children revealed that Reid had been at his estranged wife's home numerous times during the week of Dec. 22 through Dec. 25, asking to enter the residence, according to allegations contained in court records.

Reid's release after his arraignment on the sexual assault charges was based on the conditions that he have no contact with his estranged wife and was to refrain from entering the victim's residence, court records said.

In a protection from abuse order filed on Oct. 30, Carla Reid alleged that her estranged husband had been "following me and terrorizing me," and said she feared for her safety.

Carla Reid wrote that she didn't get any help from police or the courts.

"I don't know what else to do. I am afraid of this man. I don't feel safe going anywhere, always looking over my shoulder," she said. "It's like my children and myself have no rights other than fear."

Court records also show Carla Reid sought the help of Women in Need Victim Services in Chambersburg.

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