No charges for shooter who claims self-defense in Springfield killing

The man who fatally shot a Springfield 15-year-old in November won’t be charged after a grand jury found he had a reasonable belief that his life was in danger.

A Clark County Grand Jury voted unanimously to not indict Timothy Reed on any charges in connection with the death of William Allen “B.J.” Beverly Jr., according to the Clark County Prosecutor’s Office.

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Beverly was shot by Reed about 12:45 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 5, at the Speedway gas station in the 1300 block of East Main Street, according to a grand jury findings document dated Monday, Feb. 26 and obtained by the Springfield News-Sun.

Officers found him inside, near the cashier’s counter according to a Springfield police report. He was laying on his back with a gunshot wound to his upper right shoulder and another on his back right side. Beverly was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Reed “was not at fault for creating the situation which led to the use of deadly force,” the grand jury findings say.

The jurors also found he was neither an aggressor nor the initiator, the document says, and he possesses a valid concealed carry weapon license.

“Timothy Reed had a bona fide and reasonable belief that he was in immediate danger of death or serious bodily harm, and that the use of deadly force was necessary to escape that danger,” the grand jury findings say.

The shooting victim’s mother, Mandy Cole, said she’s not doing well and that hearing Reed won’t be charged is like hearing that her son is dead all over again.


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