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August 23, 2012 at 10:40 PM

Husband in notorious Lewis County murder case to leave job as school principal

Ron Reynolds is escorted in to a Lewis County Superior Court room last year after turning himself in to the sheriff’s department in response to a warrant for his and his son’s arrest issued by Lewis County Coroner Warren McLeod. Both men were released after a short hearing. (The Chronicle of Centralia)

The husband of murder victim Ronda Reynolds has reached a settlement agreement with a Lewis County school district under which he will leave his job as Toledo Elementary School principal in exchange for $140,000, according to a report in The Chronicle of Centralia.

Ronda Reynolds, a former officer with Washington State Patrol, died from a gunshot wound in the couple’s bedroom in 1998 when she was 33. Her death was originally determined to be a suicide, a ruling her mother, Barbara Thompson, fought for years to have changed. True crime writer Ann Rule wrote a book about the case called “In the Still of the Night.”

Thompson finally got what she wanted in fall 2011, when  new Lewis County Coroner Warren McLeod convened an inquest into Ronda Reynolds’ death.

That inquest found that Ronda Reynolds had been murdered and that the responsible parties were her husband, Ron Reynolds, and one of his sons by an previous marriage. However, Lewis County prosecutors decided not to file charges against the men.

Since then, Ron Reynolds has been on paid administrative leave from Toledo Elementary School. The school district maintained it wanted to fire him because of performance issues, The Chronicle reports. Reynolds and his lawyer argued that there was no cause for firing, and that the publicity over Ronda Reynold’s death was behind the effort to remove him from his job.

The settlement will be paid out to Ron Reynolds in monthly installments over three years, The Chronicle reports.

 

 

 

 

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