Charges brought against David Reese in DEP shooting
The man accused of killing Olivebridge resident Aron Thomas inside New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) offices in Kingston last Monday will see his case go before a grand jury soon.
Following a preliminary hearing on Monday, a Kingston City judge determined there is enough evidence against Gilboa resident David Reese to proceed to a grand jury hearing.
Reese is charged with second-degree murder. Reese pled not guilty during an arraignment in Kingston City Court and was sent to the Ulster County Jail without bail.
The decision was reached following testimony by a DEP police officer who said that Reese surrendered himself and admitted that he shot Thomas twice. The police officer said that Reese also said that Thomas had been stalking him and that his office had been broken into.
The officer, Lieutenant Justin Knight, gave that testimony at the hearing Monday, according to published reports in both the Daily Freeman and the Times Herald-Record.
Knight said that he arrived at the DEP offices at around 6:30 a.m. Monday and that it was not unusual for both Reese and Thomas to be in the office that early as well.
Not aware of issues
Knight also said that he was not aware of any problems between Reese and Thomas, but did know of a November 2013 incident report involving both. Details of that report were not discussed at the hearing.
Reese remains in Ulster County jail awaiting the Grand Jury proceeding. No date has been set yet.
Meanwhile, an Internet based memorial fund established by the victim’s sister, Kylene Thomas, has already received almost $47,000. That fund can be found at http://www.gofundme.com/6nowgo.