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Murder trial to begin in January

November 03, 1997

By LISA GRAYBEAL

Staff Writer, Chambersburg

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Albert E. Reid is scheduled to go to trial in January, more than a year after police charged him with killing his estranged wife and 14-year-old stepdaughter while they slept in their beds with young children.

Reid, 49, faces two counts of criminal homicide and burglary for the Dec. 27, 1996 killings of Carla Reid, 36, and Deidra Moore, 14, who were shot in the head in their Chambersburg home at 2204 Sollenberger Road.

The Franklin County District Attorney's office is seeking the death penalty because the case meets the state's requirements for aggravated circumstances.

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The trial, originally scheduled for this month, has been delayed by Reid, who has twice asked for new lawyers.

In July, Reid's court-appointed attorney, David Keller, who was to work with Franklin County Public Defender Bob Trambley, withdrew from the case with Reid's support, saying the two could not work together.

Franklin County President Judge John Walker appointed Stephen Kulla, a Waynesboro, Pa., attorney to replace Keller.

In a hearing two weeks later, Reid asked for another attorney to replace Trambley after accusing him of lying and not believing his alibi. Walker denied the request.

Reid, who pleaded not guilty during his arraignment, maintains his innocence in the case, saying he was in his room at the Roselawn Motel at the time of the murders, according to court records.

Reid's attorneys have filed a motion to suppress evidence, a request that will be heard at a hearing on Dec. 4 in Franklin County Court.

The attorneys also filed a motion to have the trial moved to another county or to have an out-of-county jury hear the case.

Reid and Moore were killed because they were prosecution witnesses in a sexual assault case against Reid, according to a Notice of Aggravated Circumstances filed in court by District Attorney John F. Nelson. The victims were killed so they wouldn't testify against Reid at his assault trial scheduled for January, according to the notice. Reid had been charged with sexually assaulting Moore.

Also, the slayings occurred during the perpetration of a felony, according to court records. Reid allegedly broke into Carla Reid's house on the night of the murders, court records said.

Also, Reid knowingly created a "grave risk of death to another person in addition to the victim," according to the notice. Nelson was referring to several young children who were sleeping in the same beds as the victims at the time of the shootings.

Carla Reid was sleeping in her bed with two of her six children, Jeremy Moore, 8, and Lorrance Reid, 5, when she was shot once in the head from less than two feet away, according to court records.

Reid killed Carla Reid first, then went down the hall to the room where Deidra Moore was sleeping with Larissa Reid, Carla Reid's youngest child, court records said. Moore was also shot in the head at close range, court records said.

The two children sleeping with Carla Reid awoke later that night and found her covered with blood.

None of the children was injured, court records said.

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