Thursday, May 19, 2016
Recent Developments in the Alleged Murders of Patrick Shunn and Monique Patenaude / My Thoughts...
Tony Clyde Reed has reportedly been arrested in San Diego County by U.S. Marshals as he re-entered the United States from Mexico. It appears that Tony arranged his own arrest to preclude a potential incident. He and his brother, John Blaine Reed, have been charged with murdering Patrick Shunn and Monique Patenaude. Patrick and Monique’s bodies have not been located. The presumption of homicide is based on crime scene evidence developed by Washington State investigators to include the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office. John Reed remains at large, presumably in Mexico.
Based on what I’ve read in the media, I have an opinion as to what is developing:
This opinion is my personal and professional take on what is occurring and Tony’s motivations. I have no inside information; and, of course, both Tony and his brother, John Blaine Reed, should be considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
It appears that Tony and John have had a falling-out, or have entered into an agreement that Tony should surrender to authorities. I suspect the former.
Theory: As a fact, or as a tactic, Tony will declare that he had no participation in the actual murders; but that his involvement only occurred after John had killed the couple. Tony will agree to testify against John in exchange for leniency. He will probably admit that he assisted in covering-up the crime and in assisting his brother to escape imminent arrest. He will assist in locating the bodies. It should be understood that the extent of his disclosures, his veracity, and any evidence he might produce to prove his statements could mitigate subsequent sentencing.
If convicted, neither John nor Tony would face the ‘death penalty.’ Regarding capital murder cases, the State of Washington had the ‘death penalty’ up until recently; but Washington Governor (Jay Inslee) announced a moratorium (in 2014) on the sentence of death in capital murder cases. However, this moratorium did not, does not, apply to those sentenced to death prior to 2014, and nine men remain on ‘death row’ in Walla Walla.