Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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July 31, 2013

Murder trial of Bluefield man postponed

PRINCETON — A trial for a Bluefield man facing a charge of first-degree murder was postponed Tuesday until late August when a key witness went on medical leave and a subpoena could not be served on a prosecution witness.

David Reasby, 35, of Bluefield was arrested in December 2012 in connection with the Aug. 20, 2012 shooting death of 23-year-old Derek Tabor of Montcalm. Tabor was shot outside a residence on Fourth Street. A friend drove him to the Bluefield Police Department, according to previous reports. He was later pronounced dead at the Bluefield Regional Medical Center.

Reasby was scheduled for trial in Mercer County Circuit Court before Judge William Sadler, but it had to be continued until Aug. 27, said Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ash.

“There were several reasons,” Ash said. The prosecution asked for the trial to be postponed.

A witness subpoena could not be served, and the coroner in the case had gone on medical leave, Ash said. By law, the person who performed the actual examination of a deceased person must be the one who testifies about the cause of death even if the cause, such as gunshot wounds, seem to be apparent. In another problem, the defense had not produced an alibi defense notice.

Reasby is being held without bond at the Southern Regional Jail in Beaver. The investigation was conducted by the Bluefield Police Department, the Southern Regional Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force and the Mercer County Probation Office.쇓

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