Reed pleads not guilty

Linda Reed, left, with defense attorney John R. Reeves in Copiah County Circuit Court on Friday.

Linda Reed, the former employee Moore Metal Fabrication in Gallman who left town in spring of 2012 and was the subject of a nationwide manhunt for several months, has plead not guilty to all counts of embezzlement charges brought by the state of MIssissippi against her.
Circuit Judge Lamar Pickard denied bail for Reed, with motions set for July 15.  Her trial date is scheduled for July 23.
Reed was first reported missing in April 2012 by her daughter after Reed’s car was found abandoned on a county road near Crystal Springs. An intensive manhunt ensued for several weeks as foul play was initially suspected. Law enforcement’s investigation resulted in a change of Reed’s status from missing person to wanted by the law, as an arrest warrant was issued in the summer of 2012.
She was arrested in Longview, TX in October, working as a bookkeeper in her own name and official identification.  She was transferred to Copiah County jail where she has been since arriving.
Read more in next week’s Copiah County Courier

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