POLICE: Woman hires two to kill stepfather
SCOTTSBURG, IN (WAVE) - It's a case that reads like a movie script. A 69 year old grandfather is gunned down in his own driveway and investigators believe his stepdaughter is behind the murder for hire plot. Three people are currently locked up and charged with the murder of Bill Reynolds.
"There's times when I'm really sad and then there are times when I'm really angry," said Henry Reynolds, the victim's son. "We want justice for our father."
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Henry Reynolds says his father was born to be fighter. A Vietnam veteran, his American flag was prominent outside of his Scott County home. Bill Reynolds not only survived war, but a lengthy battle with cancer.
"We were excited about him having more years to spend with us and the grandkids and we were excited to move forward in life," his son said.
Reynolds' life was cut short on September 27. He was discovered dead in his driveway along Slate Ford Road with a gunshot wound to the head. It didn't take long for investigators to develop suspects. Just days later deputies arrested Jacob Mathis, 21, Kerry Heald, 22, both of Clarksville, and Johnetta Hall, 42, who is Reynolds' stepdaughter.
"How does a 42 year old female know two adolescent basically, 20 something year old boys, so we are just trying to figure out how it all ties together," Henry Reynolds said.
Court records show Bill Reynolds and his wife, Dalene, were in the middle of an ugly divorce. Surveillance video led investigators to Mathis. According to court documents, he told police everything. Documents state Heald also confessed and admitted to investigators he was provided the gun by Hall in order to commit the murder.
After that the two men met up with Hall and it's all caught on camera. The payout? NASCAR memorabilia.
"Some of the items that were paid to the actual people that did the shooting were items that he has collected over the last 15 to 20 years," Henry Reynolds said. "It was actually his belongings that were given to him to carry out the task."
Henry Reynolds just wants to know why.
"To take someone's life that had kids and had grandkids, I don't think they understand what their actions have caused our families," said Henry Reynolds, who believes even more arrests could be coming.
The three charged are due back in court in November.
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