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Some testimony being taped in Reid case

September 15, 1998|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The trial isn't scheduled to start until next month, but some testimony will be videotaped next Monday in the double-homicide case of Albert Reid.

Franklin County District Attorney John F. Nelson and Public Defender Robert J. Trambley said Tuesday that witnesses who will be unavailable for the Oct. 5 trial will testify Monday. Trambley said they include a Pennsylvania State Police investigator and a prosecution expert witness on Caribbean religions.

Reid, 49, of Biglerville, Pa., is charged with two counts of criminal homicide and one count of burglary in the shootings of his estranged wife, Carla Reid, 36, and her daughter, 14-year-old Deidre Moore. Both were shot in the head while they slept in their Sollenberger Road home outside Chambersburg.

Reid was in court Tuesday for a pretrial hearing and asked Judge John R. Walker for more time to prepare his case. Walker denied him a continuance, according to Trambley.

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Trambley and co-counsel Stephen D. Kulla were fired by Reid at a Sept. 4 hearing, but were appointed as standby counsels for the trial.

Walker asked Reid if he had changed his mind about representing himself, Trambley said. Reid said he still wants a new attorney, but was prepared to proceed without one.

Reid asked that a new attorney be appointed at the Sept. 4 hearing, but Walker refused the request.

The press was barred from the rest of the hearing at Reid's request. The hearing was to determine what evidence and testimony will be allowed at the trial, according to Trambley.

He and District Attorney John F. Nelson said they could not reveal what issues were discussed in the hearing, which lasted about two hours.

The prosecution is seeking the death penalty.

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