Man Charged With Killing Man On Motorcycle Heads To Court

An eastern Kentucky man indicted on murder charges will be arraigned in a Pike County Court Wednesday.

31-year old Billy Reed was indicted on murder charges earlier this month after police say he hit and killed 43-year old Ronnie Church at a red light as Church rode his motorcycle along US 119 in January.

A trooper testified last month that Reed appeared to be drunk at the scene and failed all field sobriety tests.

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  • by stop this senseless murder on Feb 21, 2008 at 09:30 AM
    As a community we all need to ban together and show up for the trial of Ronnie Church to show not only the Judges and Prosecutors this has to stop but also to show the out of control people who claim it was an accident when they are under the influence of drugs and alcohol and kill people. IT IS NO ACCIDENT! This could have just as easily happened to anyone driving on these roads. He was spotted that day from Williamson WV to Pikeville Ky where he finally killed an innocent family man. The legal system has failed us and allowed Billy Reed to murder someone, now as family, friends and a community we need to ban together for the Church family for justice.
  • by jim Location: pikeville on Feb 20, 2008 at 02:54 PM
    from what I understand he was drinking on top of taking methadone, he was old enough to know better.
  • by Lisa Location: Paintsville on Feb 20, 2008 at 10:39 AM
    Hey Just me, what should we do to the judges who keep letting people by with this stuff. says appeared to be drunk..this is just to bash the mehtadone clinics because he had stated he had been there. No one else is ever charged with capital murder. The coroner's son killed a preg lady in labor and was not charged with capital murder and he was high. Depends on who you are, and what you are taking, not to mention who it is that you kill when you wreck. I feel for the families also, but what does the toxicology report say, and how long after he was medicated was the blood drawn???
  • by k Location: lexington on Feb 20, 2008 at 09:52 AM
    i encourage eastern kentuckians to remember ronnie when the judges are up for re-election. voting is a way for every person to show what the feel about these cases
  • by Anonymous Location: Pikeville on Feb 20, 2008 at 09:49 AM
    I agree. There were times in which I had seen this man bring his daughter to school long before he got his license back. Should he have gotten his license back? No. Is this a murder that could have been prevented if action had been taken when he received his 2 previous DUIs? Yes. The court system should take this more seriously and maybe these senseless deaths can be prevented. The Church family will always be in my prayers.
  • by Just me Location: Varney on Feb 20, 2008 at 07:31 AM
    I think this man should be locked away for a very long time. I feel for his family but certainly not him. I live on the same hollow as this man did and he has several times about run me and my kids over and we could have been the ones killed. He should have never kept his license. Im so sick of people getting DUIs after DUIs and nothing being done about it. As a motorcylce rider this really affects me as im always worried about this kind of sensless murder. LOCK HIM UP AND THROW AWAY THE KEY


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