UPDATE: Jury finds Barbour County woman guilty of second-degree murder

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UPDATE (9/24/20 3:30 p.m.):

PHILIPPI, W.Va. — After nearly a day of deliberations, the jury in the trial of a woman charged with second-degree murder for the fatal shooting of her husband in Barbour County has found her guilty.

The verdict was returned at 3:20 p.m. on Thursday when the jury told Barbour County Circuit Judge Shawn Nines that they had found Carli Reed guilty of murder in the second degree, according to the Barbour County Circuit Clerk’s office.

A sentencing date has not been set for Reed.


UPDATE (9/23/20 3:12 p.m.):

PHILIPPI, W.Va. — The trial of a woman accused of killing her husband in Barbour County has gone to deliberations.

According to the Barbour County Circuit Clerk’s office, Carli Reed, who is charged with the Aug. 15, 2019, slaying of her husband told the jury on Tuesday that she accidentally shot her husband when she pulled his loaded gun from its holster.

In that same testimony, she stated that she had meant to use the weapon to commit suicide due to her husband wanting a divorce, the county clerk’s office said, and she claimed that her husband had assaulted her multiple times during their marriage.

Reed’s attorney called for a forensic psychologist, Dr. David Clayman, to come to the stand, and Clayman stated that Reed showed signs of borderline personality syndrome, abused spouse syndrome and battered woman syndrome, according to the county clerk’s office.

Several character witnesses were also called to the stand who spoke in favor of Reed, officials said.

Barbour County Prosecutor Thomas Hoxie called Dr. Willam Fremouw to testify, during which he said that he had previously diagnosed Reed with bipolar personality disorder II, as well as claming that Reed had an unstable personality, according to the county clerk’s office.

Fremouw stated that Reed’s relationship with her husband was one of mutual abuse, and that it wasn’t a matter of battered woman syndrome; Fremouw believed that Reed shot her husband after going into a jealous rage upon learning of his intent to divorce her, the county clerk’s office said.


ORIGINAL (9/18/20 10:12 a.m.):

PHILIPPI, W.Va. — A woman accused of killing her husband in Barbour County is currently on trial in front of Circuit Judge Shawn Nines.

According to the Barbour County Circuit Clerk’s office, Carli Reed is charged in the Aug. 15, 2019, slaying of her husband Marcus Fagons and had previously been arraigned on June 15 after COVID-19 restrictions caused grand jury sessions to be postponed.

Jury selection for the trial began on Tuesday, with the main portion of the trial beginning Wednesday being prosecuted by Thomas Hoxie and Reed being represented by attorney Hunter Mullens, the circuit clerk officials stated.

Mullens argued that the evidence against Reed showed that, while the state has charged her with murder, there is only enough to prove involuntary manslaughter, according to the circuit clerk’s office.

However, the prosecution believes that a statement that Reed gave to officers following the shooting, which was played for the jury during the trial, is potentially incriminating, officials said.

During the trial, the prosecution argued that Reed was motivated to shoot Fagons due to jealousy over other women messaging him and that when law enforcement arrived at Reed’s residence, they found Fagons on the bed and began life-saving measures, the circuit clerk’s office stated.

An air medical service was called for Fagons, but he died while being transported to the landing site, officials said.

The trial will most likely continue into next week and further details will be added as they are received.

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