DATE: November 2, 2017
CASE: Edward Reid (Case #15F04204)
PROSECUTOR: Deputy District Attorney Susan Nelsen, Domestic Violence Unit
Edward Reid was convicted by a jury of corporal injury on a spouse or cohabitant with use of a deadly or dangerous weapon and personally inflicting great bodily injury under circumstances involving domestic violence. He was also convicted of battery with serious bodily injury, felon in possession of a firearm with a prior, felon in possession of ammunition, and six counts of animal cruelty.
Between July 4th and 5th of 2015, Reid accused the victim of cheating on him and beat her with a wooden sword for several hours. Reid threatened to kill the victim as he struck her repeatedly in her head and neck. The victim sustained significant bruises on her shoulders, legs, and torso as well as on her face. She also suffered a non-displaced fracture of her left ulna, and X-rays showed she had prior facial fractures involving the right orbit and maxillary sinus. On July 9, 2015, the victim reported the attack to police and disclosed several prior unreported domestic violence incidents that occurred in August 2014 and June 2015. In those assaults, Reid punched the victim in the eye and beat her causing her to break her wrist. The victim told medical personnel she broke her wrist when she tripped over their dogs.
When officers went to Reid’s home, they located a loaded rifle with a live round of ammunition in the chamber and nine rounds in the gun. They also found more than 60 additional rounds of ammunition, two power rifle scopes, two swords, and two metal pipes.
Animal Control was called when seven emaciated dogs were found in the home. A veterinarian found the dogs to be extremely underweight and dehydrated. They were also suffering from irritated and inflamed paws and paw pads as well as overgrown nails. X-rays showed their small intestines had signs they had little to no food for at least several days and that they had eaten non-food items. Reid was the primary care provider for the dogs.
Two prior strike allegations for robbery and assault with a deadly weapon with the personal use of a firearm will be determined at sentencing.
Reid faces a maximum sentence of 36 years to life in prison. Sentencing is set for December 1, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. in Department 25 before the Honorable Robert Twiss.
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