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January 18, 2007

Police name no suspects in Reams' shooting

In the five days since former county magistrate and road foreman Harold Reams was found brutally slain in his home, police have intensified their search for his killer.

Reams, 59, was discovered dead in his Harold Reams Road home early Saturday morning by an unidentified family member.

Laurel County Deputy Coroner Britt Brown said Reams had been shot once in the head. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Kentucky State Police Detective Mark Allen, also a member of the London-Laurel County Major Crimes Task Force, confirmed authorities consider the shooting as a homicide but, in light of the ongoing investigation, could release little else.

Allen said Reams was killed Thursday night. Authorities believe he was inside the home when the killer fired through a window.

Though several houses are close to Reams’s, Allen noted, “As far as we’ve found, no one heard a gunshot.”

The detective would not speculate on a possible motive.

Police responded to the scene just after 12:30 a.m. Jan. 13. Reams’s body was sent to Frankfort for an autopsy that evening; preliminary results have yet to be released.

Friends told reporters Reams was planning to visit his girlfriend this weekend, and may have been on the phone with her when he was shot.

Reams served as sixth district magistrate for eight years, and was the county road foreman from January 2003 until last Monday, when magistrates voted not to ratify his reappointment to the position.

Magistrates have consistently refused to comment on the cause of his dismissal, though Reams’s habit of cursing at road department employees reportedly was a factor.

Second district Magistrate Tom Baker said there is not one particular reason Reams’s term was not renewed, rather a series of incidents.

“It was a decision based on a lot of things. It was nothing personal against him,” Baker said.

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