Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

December 15, 2012

Magistrate finds probable cause to send murder charge to grand jury

BILL ARCHER
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BLUEFIELD — Following a preliminary hearing on Friday afternoon, a Mercer County magistrate found probable cause to send the state’s first degree murder charge on a Bluefield man to a Mercer County grand jury.

David Vashawn “Dirt Bike” Reasby, 35, of Bluefield, was arrested on Dec. 12, on a charge related to the fatal shooting of Derek Tabor, 23, of Montcalm at about 6:30 p.m., on Aug. 20. After he was shot, Tabor was transported by a friend to the Bluefield Police Department, where paramedics with the Bluefield Rescue Squad treated him and transported him to Bluefield Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Detective Lt. C.S. Myers of the Bluefield Police Department testified under direct examination by Assistant Mercer County Prosecuting Attorney John McGinnis that as a result of his investigation, he learned that Tabor had been shot outside a residence on Fourth Street in Bluefield. Myers testified that Tabor and his friend traveled to the residence, where Tabor exited the vehicle and started walking toward the residence.

Myers testified that he learned from witnesses that as Tabor was walking in the direction of the residence, a gold Chevrolet Tahoe arrived, and two black males got out of the vehicle and confronted Tabor and accused him “of being an informant,” Myers testified.

A third individual got out of the Tahoe and during a fight that ensues, “one of the three produced a gun and shot Tabor,” Myers testified.

Myers testified that witnesses identified Reasby as one of the men in the vehicle, and when police questioned him, Reasby said he was in Detroit on Aug. 20. Myers testified that during his investigation, he reviewed video tapes recorded from businesses in the vicinity of Bluefield Avenue and Thomas Street and observed the vehicle Tabor was traveling in, turn on Thomas from Bluefield Avenue.

Myers also testified that he observed the Tahoe owned by Tabor turn up Thomas Street 1 minute, 26 seconds after the vehicle Tabor was riding in made the turn.

Myers also testified that another suspect in the case, Mitchell A. Watts, is currently in custody in Union County, N.C. Police are also searching for the third suspect in the case, but police are not releasing his name at this time.

Reasby’s defense counsel, Elizabeth French cross examined Myers on some details about the time of the shooting as well as to the businesses where police obtained the video. After Myers ended his testimony, both the prosecution and defense rested. Neither side presented a closing argument.

Mercer County Magistrate Susan Honaker found “probable cause to hold this over for a grand jury.” the defendant was returned to Southern regional Jail where he is being held without bond.

— Contact Bill Archer at barcher@bdtonline.com