Suspect in theft of murder-suicide scene weighs plea deal
Ryan Summerlin February 7, 2012
Jerod Morris Reeves, who is suspected of robbing the scene of a father-son murder-suicide, waived his right to a preliminary hearing in Grand County Court on Monday, Feb. 6, as he and his new counsel consider a plea agreement.
Carl Stahl, a Steamboat Springs lawyer, is now representing Reeves in all charges in Grand County and other venues, including pending federal charges.
Reeves had initially applied for a public defender.
Stahl said in court on Monday that he will coordinate defenses and pleas for Reeves, who is considering a plea offer by the District Attorney’s office. The offer is to plead guilty to criminal trespass, a Class 5 felony, and abuse of corpse, a Class 2 misdemeanor. Part of the proposed deal is that any sentence would run concurrent with any federal sentence.
The case is now headed to District Court, where the judge will also consider the merits of the proposed plea deal.
Reeves, 35, of Craig faces charges of identity theft, theft, first degree criminal trespass, possession of burglary tools, tampering with physical evidence, criminal possession of a financial device, violation of bail bonds, criminal mischief, abuse of a corpse, and telecommunication crime.
Federal charges have not been released by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Denver, according to Deputy District Attorney Heather Stein who is prosecuting the case in Grand County.
The charges stem from crimes Reeves and another suspect, Kimberly Mae McCaffery, allegedly committed at the scene of a father-son murder-suicide on County Road 102 near the Trough Road in December.
McCaffery, 29, of Craig was scheduled for a status hearing on Feb. 7. She has been charged with identity theft, theft, first degree criminal trespass, possession of burglary tools, tampering with physical evidence, criminal possession of a financial device, violation of bail bonds, and criminal mischief.