Man denied bond in first-degree feticide case

Jeffery Reynolds (Courtesy: LPSO)
Jeffery Reynolds (Courtesy: LPSO)

LIVINGSTON, La. (AP) - Bail for 31-year-old Jeffery Reynolds, the Walker man accused of attacking his pregnant wife and killing the child she was carrying, has been revoked by state District Judge Brenda Ricks.

Reynolds has been held in the Livingston Parish Jail since his Oct. 23 arrest on counts of first-degree feticide, attempted second-degree murder and battery on a police officer.

Police arrested Reynolds at his home, where he allegedly had attacked his wife, Paula Reynolds. She survived the attack.

The Advocate reports Jeffery Reynolds had been held in lieu of $500,000 bail. Ricks ruled in favor of a request from Assistant District Attorney Charlotte Herbert to deny Reynolds bail because he could pose a threat to Paula Reynolds and others in the community.

Herbert noted a letter Jeffery Reynolds sent to Patricia "Patty" Cook, the mother of Paula Reynolds.

Fighting back tears, Cook testified Monday that in mid-November she received a long letter from Jeffery Reynolds saying that if he could raise bail, he would leave Louisiana and go to Florida. In the letter, Cook testified, Reynolds wrote that if he remained in Louisiana, "someone might try to kill me."

Cook testified that she has been the caretaker for her daughter during her long recovery from the attack. Cook also identified the infant as "baby Isaac."

Herbert, who did not read the letter aloud, entered the document into the court record.

Defense attorney Barry Pike told Ricks he did not see how the letter could be construed as a threat. Pike, a public defender, suggested the state had created conditions that made Jeffery Reynolds fear for his life.

Pike said Reynolds has been held in solitary confinement since his Oct. 23 arrest, and on the rare occasions when he is allowed to leave his cell, he is made to wear a bullet-proof vest and is accompanied by several deputies.

No trial date has been set.

Information from: The Advocate,

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