Nobody covers Brown County like The Democrat Buy PDF| Advertise| Contact Us
 
Helmsburg murder
 
Judge mulls waiving boy to adult court in homicide
Published on: 07.18.09

 A judge has taken under consideration whether to waive a 13-year-old boy to adult court to face trial in the murder of an 84-year-old Brown County man.

Brown Circuit Court Judge Judith Stewart said she will issue a written opinion possibly sometime next week on whether to try Blade Reed, 13, of Helmsburg, as an adult or juvenile.

Reed is charged in the murder of Richard “Dude” Voland and accused of injuring the man’s wife, Mary, in November.

His 17-year-old brother, Bennie Reed, who also is charged with murder and other charges, is scheduled for trial as an adult Aug. 17.

Stewart said she easily could conclude that Reed would receive the best treatment through the juvenile court system, but that she must deliberate over what is in the best interest of the community.

If Reed proceeds through the juvenile system, he could be released in a maximum of five years, when he turns 18.

A conviction in adult court would require a much longer sentence at a state prison with older inmates, but he could be released before he turns 40.

A court-appointed psychiatrist testified in Reed’s defense and recommended that Reed remain in the juvenile system.

Tonya Foreman characterized Reed as quiet, anxious, immature, emotionally restrictive, socially isolated, impulsive, vulnerable and easily influenced by others.

He suffers from hyperactivity and isolation from children his age, she said, and could improve his behavior with medication.

If convicted as an adult and sent to a state prison, Reed would learn from and follow the lead of other inmates, Foreman said.

“He will easily be exploited by older, rougher inmates,” she said.

Brown County Prosecutor Jim Oliver argued that Foreman’s testimony was biased toward keeping Reed in the juvenile system because the psychiatrist never contacted the prosecutor’s office or Mary Voland for information about the case.

Oliver called Foreman an advocate for keeping all juveniles out of adult courts and said she started with that belief instead of coming to a conclusion in Reed’s case.

Basing his argument on state statutes, Oliver said juveniles are presumed to go to adult court if they are older than 10 when alleged to have committed a serious offense.

Reed was not influenced by his older brother to rob the Voland home but acted as a co-conspirator, Oliver said.

He said keeping Reed in the juvenile system would amount to an injustice and potential threat to Mary Voland and the community.

“I can’t imagine the prison that Mary Voland will be in, that the community as a whole will be in” if Reed is released by his 18th birthday, Oliver said.

Roberts argued that Oliver argued for vindictive justice rather than showing that Reed is a menace to the community.

He called Reed a “sick” child with no criminal record who has “fallen through the cracks.”

Reed has five more years to develop into an adult and become a productive member of society, he said.

If he ends up in the state prison system, he will miss out on social development and learn morality from adult, male prisoners, Roberts said.

Locking up Reed as an adult at age 13 would lead to him being made into “a monster” to be unleashed on society when he is a middle-aged man.

“He’s sick,” Roberts said. “He’s curable, he’s treatable, and he’s just a child.”

At a glance

Previously: Blade Reed, 13, is charged in the murder of an 84-year-old Brown County man and with injuring the man’s wife in November.

Now: Brown Circuit Court Judge Judith Stewart has taken under advisement whether to try Reed as an adult or as a juvenile.

Next: The judge said she would issue a written order, possibly sometime next week.


<< Back

Obituaries
See Full List »

Alice M. Stines, 81, Taylorsville
  Sister of Leon Thickstun and Joan Dewar, both of Nashville

Jeanetta Estella Waltz, 77, Nineveh
  

John "Ernie" Baker, 54, Bean Blossom
  Father of John E. Baker Jr. of Nashville

  • October 30
    Gospel jam session
    6:30 p.m. Country Gospel Music Church, 5181 State Road 46 East, Gnaw Bone
  • October 30
    WRAPS meetings
    7 to 9 p.m. Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • October 30
    B.C. Election Board
    1:30 p.m. County Office Building, 201 N. Locust Lane
  • October 30
    9th District candidate to meet public
    7 to 8:30 p.m. Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • October 30
    Rotary Club
    7:15 a.m., 3 p.m. Artists Colony Inn, 105 S. Van Buren St.
  • October 31
    Bingo
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • October 31
    Trick-or-Treat hours set for Nashville
    6 to 9 p.m. Nashville
  • October 31
    Deadline to RSVP for Brown County/Purdue Extension dinner meeting
  • October 31
    Trunk or Treat at Helmsburg church
    6 to 8 p.m. Brown County Community Church, 2370 Main St., Helmsburg
  • November 1
    Annual chicken noodle dinner, craft bazaar at Christiansburg church
    4 to 7 p.m. Christiansburg United Methodist Church, 7372 S. Christianburg Road
  • November 1
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • November 1
    Annual craft, bake sale at Helmsburg church
    9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Brown County Community Church, 2370 Main St.
  • November 1
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Abe Martin Lodge, Brown County State Park
  • November 1
    Annual bazaar, quilt raffle, bake sale, bean dinner
    10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Goshen Community Church, 2798 Gatesville Road, Bean Blossom
  • November 3
    Nashville Redevelopment Commission
    4:30 p.m. Town Hall, 200 Commercial St.
  • November 4
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive at the fairgrounds
  • November 4
    Government offices CLOSED
  • November 5
    Woodworkers club
    7 p.m. Charlie Roush's Shop, 6987 Christianberg Road
  • November 5
    Jeff Foster at Hobnob restaurant
    6 to 8 p.m. Hobnob, 17 W. Main St.
  • November 6
    Gospel jam session
    6:30 p.m. Country Gospel Music Church, 5181 State Road 46 East, Gnaw Bone
  • November 6
    WRAPS meetings
    7 to 9 p.m. Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • November 6
    Salt Creek Trail Committee
    10 a.m. BC Parks & Rec. Office, 1001 Deer Run Lane
  • November 6
    Brown County Schools Board of Trustees
    6:30 p.m. Helmsburg Elementary School, 5378 Helmsburg School Road
  • November 6
    Rotary Club
    7:15 a.m. Artists Colony Inn, 105 S. Van Buren St.
  • November 7
    Bingo
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • November 8
    Second Saturday Village Art Walk
    5 to 8 p.m. Downtown Nashville
  • November 8
    Free community breakfast at Sprunica church
    8 to 10 a.m. Sprunica Baptist Church, 3902 Sprunica Road
  • November 8
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • November 8
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Abe Martin Lodge, Brown County State Park
  • November 11
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • November 11
    Government Offices CLOSED
  • November 12
    Mandatory scholarship meeting at the high school
    6:30 p.m. Brown County High School, 235 School House Lane
  • November 12
    Jeff Foster at Hobnob restaurant
    6 to 8 p.m. Hobnob, 17 W. Main St.
  • November 13
    Go Club at the library Thursdays
    3:30 to 5 p.m. Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • November 14
    Bingo
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • November 15
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • November 15
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Abe Martin Lodge, Brown County State Park
  • November 18
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • November 19
    Jeff Foster at Hobnob restaurant
    6 to 8 p.m. Hobnob, 17 W. Main St.
  • November 20
    Go Club at the library Thursdays
    3:30 to 5 p.m. Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • November 23
    Nashville Reserve Officers host chili cook-off
    10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nashville P.D., 200 Hawthorne Drive
  • December 13
    Free community breakfast at Sprunica church
    8 to 10 a.m. Sprunica Baptist Church, 3902 Sprunica Road