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October 27, 2011 at 10:25 AM

Prosecutor won't file charges in Ronda Reynolds case

By Times staff reporter Jonathan Martin:

Lewis County will not seek criminal charges against the ex-husband and stepson of Ronda Reynolds, a former State Patrol trooper whose 1998 death has become an ongoing mystery.

Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer said at a news conference today he is unable to charge Ron and Jonathan Reynolds because of “insufficient admissible evidence” and conflicting expert testimony whether Ronda Reynolds committed suicide or was murdered.

Ron Reynolds, 60,  principal at a Toledo school, and his son Jonathan, 30, were named as murder suspects by an inquest jury convened Lewis County Coroner Warren MacLeod, and MacLeod initially issued warrants for their arrest. Meyer said he did not have authority to withdraw the arrest warrants, but said MacLeod did.

Shortly after 4 p.m., McLeod quashed the arrest warrants, the (Centralia) Chronicle reports.

Asked at a morning news conference whether he believed Reynolds committed suicide, Meyer said, “What I think or know are irrelevant. It’s what I can prove.”

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