Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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August 29, 2013

Murder trial moves ahead

Jury begins deliberations

PRINCETON — A Mercer County jury started deliberating Wednesday about the fate of the Bluefield man facing charges of first-degree murder and conspiracy.

David Reasby, 35, of Bluefield was charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy in the death Derek Tabor, 23, of Montcalm. Tabor was shot Aug. 20, 2012 outside of a Fourth Street home in Bluefield.

Circuit Court Judge William Sadler told the jurors that for the murder charge, they could consider four options: guilty of first-degree murder, guilty of second-degree murder, guilty of voluntary manslaughter, or not guilty.

The jury began deliberations at approximately 4:40 p.m., and moved at approximately 8:15 p.m. to continue deliberations today, said Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ash.

Ash told the jury Tuesday during his opening statement that Reasby did not fire the shot that killed Tabor. The motive behind the act was that Reasby thought Tabor had been telling police about him or was a “snitch.”

Ash told the jury Reasby was not the shooter, but joining in the act leading to Tabor’s death made him equally responsible by law.

Ash and Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney George Sitler played recordings of phone conversations Reasby made Aug. 24 from the Southern Regional Jail in Beaver. Reasby allegedly spoke with two witnesses about altering their testimony or saying nothing by pleading the Fifth Amendment.

Lt. Larry Warden, a corrections officer at the regional jail, testified that inmates are assigned an identification number to be used when making telephone calls. They are warned both by signs and by a recording that their conversations could be recorded; however, conversations between inmates and their attorneys are not recorded.

Reasby’s attorney, David White, said his client was not on Fourth Street when Tabor was murdered, and that witnesses have changed their statements to police several times.

Lt. C.S. Myers of the Bluefield Police Department testified Tuesday that another individual at the scene, Deantrae Scaife, no age available, was a suspect in Tabor’s shooting. Scaife is in a Lexington, Ky., jail on federal drug charges.

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