Amite Courthouse (2022)

A Tangipahoa Parish jury on Friday returned a guilty verdict in the second degree murder case of a Hammond woman who was killed more than 35 years ago.

On Friday, the jury found Reginald Reed guilty in the 1987 murder of his late wife, Selonia Reed.

The decision was unanimous. Sentencing is set for January 2023.

The verdict comes after decades of questions.

On the morning of August 23, 1987, Selonia Reed’s body was discovered in a car parked outside of a convenience store on East Thomas Street.

Although detectives worked several leads, an arrest in the case was elusive—until 2019, when Hammond Police received information that resulted in the arrest of Reginald Reed and a second man, Jimmy Ray Barnes.

At the time of the indictments in June 2019, District Attorney Scott Perrilloux said the case “never was a closed file,” and noted that technological advances assisted in developing these arrests. His interview from 2019 is available here:

ADA Taylor Anthony prosecuted the case for the State.

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