Arrest of ASP trooper affects current criminal cases
(KATV) The Arkansas State Police lieutenant who was arrested last week, accused of stealing drugs from the evidence room and selling them, will remain in jail until his trial date. The judge ruled Sedrick Reed is a flight risk.
While Reed sat in courtroom in an inmate jumpsuit, he saw a familiar face in the audience. One he helped convict in 2002.
Jeff Turney says, "It was my word against Lt. Reed's testimony. Point blank period, they said he was more credible."
It is still Jeff Turney's word against Lt. Reed. Turney has not been cleared of the drug possession charges he did 10 years for. Drugs Reed testified he saw Turney sale.
Turney adds, "He was a wolf in sheep's clothing and got away with it for a long long time."
Now it is Reed in the hot seat. In this case there is surveillance video and informants. Reed allegedly tampered with State Police evidence boxes of heroin, marijuana, cocaine and guns. His brother, Lamont Johnson reportedly helped sell the products.
Prosecuting Attorney Larry Jegley says, "I am not angry. I think anytime you have a situation like this, it is a learning opportunity."
Jegley can't comment on Turney's allegations, but says while Sedrick Reed was being investigated, he was still a witness in criminal cases. "We would have liked to have had that information, at least been clued in a little bit. Were we? No. Does it make any difference now? No."
Last week, they were not able to charge Devinn Sheppard on all counts because evidence was missing and Reed testified in the trial that he didn't know what happened to the drugs.
Jegley explains, "Devinn Sheppard was convicted in a previous proceeding and sentenced to 25 years but he was going to have an additional 42 on top of that."
Turney says it is important for his kids, that his name be cleared. "I got to see Reed. I got to look him in the eye and say look, 'You are in the same ditch you dug for me. You fell right in the same ditch.'
The prosecuting attorney's office is looking into what current cases Reed has been involved with. Larry Jegley says this shows that law enforcement agencies need to communicate better with the prosecuting attorney's office.