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June 26, 2014

Two arrested after police search

Whitley man, girlfriend charged with witness intimidation

CORBIN — By John L. Ross / Staff Writer

A man facing solicitation to commit murder charges was returned to jail Tuesday afternoon — and now both he and his girlfriend face a host of new charges.

Tristan James Hall, 30, and Angie Gail Reeves, 25, both of Williamsburg, were arrested by Detective Bobby Freeman and Chief Wayne Bird with the Williamsburg Police Department.

According to Commonwealth’s Attorney Allen Trimble, both Hall and Reeves have been charged with seven counts each of intimidating a witness in a legal process.

JailTracker records indicate Hall also faces second-degree hindering prosecution or apprehension charges.

Both suspects remain in the Whitley County Detention Center — each jailed under a $250,000 cash bond.

They would also be required to wear an ankle bracelet if released under bond.

“We’re alleging that telephone calls were made to the Commonwealth Attorney’s office,” Trimble said, adding that the two were allegedly “using an internet service that can disguise the voice of the caller, and leave the appearance the call came from another number.”

He said the callers left messages.

“(There were) various threats made in those calls,” Trimble said.

He explained that a search warrant was executed Tuesday at Hall’s home.

“Several computers and phones were seized — along with a loaded gun (which was allegedly) in his vehicle,” Trimble added.

No court date had yet been set in this new matter — Trimble said it would be presented to the grand jury in July.

Hall last appeared in court June 16 and was slated for a motion hearing with his defense attorney, Warren Scoville — all before Judge Paul Winchester.

Hall was indicted on the solicitation charge one year ago in June after he allegedly advertised on the well-known website Topix that he would pay $5,000 in cash for the murder of Melissa Jones Davis. That request allegedly included the need for the hired killer to conceal the body.

On June 16, Hall spent much of his time in the courtroom seated in the gallery, and at one point, Scoville brought him papers to review. Both eventually left the courtroom, and Scoville then returned — Hall did not.

Winchester eventually called Hall’s case before the court — but Hall never did return to the courtroom, nor did he appear with his attorney.

Hall was not present for his hearing.

Scoville did appear before Winchester and, according to Trimble, had motions filed concerning possible dismissal of the case.

Scoville had hoped for a new hearing date; however, Trimble said in court that he was prepared with a response from the Commonwealth concerning the motions.

During a recent court appearance in May, Hall’s bond was modified to include home incarceration with an ankle bracelet requirement — anytime he felt he needed to leave the residence in which he stayed, he required permission of the court.

However, it was learned during that conversation at the bench June 16 that Hall allegedly went to the circuit clerk’s office without permission.

“He was told in court (that he needed) prior approval for everything,” Winchester said.

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