Charges Are Dropped After Alleged Indirect Threat Against Judge

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

It was called an indirect threat against a judge, but now, all charges are dropped.

The man accused of threatening a judge, is the brother of a murder suspect in the Brandy Rowe case.

Family members in Magoffin County are upset.

Louie Reed was arrested Tuesday night in Johnson County when he got home from work.

His brother Don is charged with murdering Brandy Rowe in Magoffin County in December.

Louie Reed's family says the officer told him someone overheard him saying he wanted to kill the judge in his brother's case, but Louie Reed said it never happened.

His family says the officers told him the alleged threat happened when he was visiting his brother Don in jail last week on Wednesday, but Louie Reed says he was at work all day that day and never went to the jail.

Troopers still arrested him and charged him with intimidating a judicial officer.

The warrant says the threat was to affect his brother Don Reed's murder case.

It all changed Thursday afternoon.

Attorneys in the Johnson County Commonwealth's Attorneys Office say the charges were dismissed, claiming it was a misunderstanding.

Louie Reed's family is glad he's out of jail, but say for them, this isn't resolved.

“They called and said it's a misunderstanding, he can go home. Oh, that's it, he's just going to go home? I don't think so. I think somebody should stand responsible for what they've done to him. I really do. He's a good guy who works really hard and he does not deserve to be treated the way he's been treated these past two days,” Kim Bolen, Reed’s daughter.

She says they're considering legal action.

State police didn't release any information today and say they're still investigating.

WYMT also talked with Don Reed's attorneys and they do not think this incident will have any affect on their trial.

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