EDWARDSVILLE — Madison County State's Attorney Tom Gibbons has announced a successful jury verdict in a triple homicide case against Kevin Reid.
Jury selection began on Monday, March 10, in the case against Reid, 57, who was charged with the murders of Anquiaette “Tweety” Parker, 19, and her 4-year-old cousin Cermen “C.J.” Toney Jr., who disappeared on Nov. 6, 2005.
The Madison County State's Attorney's Office charged Reid on March 28, 2008, after their bodies were found in an underground cistern on property once owned by Reid. The investigation, led by the Illinois State Police, showed that Reid killed Parker and Toney during the course of an unsuccessful drug deal. Parker was pregnant at the time of her death.
Closing arguments were heard this morning and the jury began deliberating at approximately 11 a.m. Prosecutors asked the jury to find Reid guilty on two counts of murder (Class M felony) and one count of intentional homicide of an unborn child (Class M felony). First Assistant State's Attorney Jennifer Vucich and Assistant State's Attorney Kathleen Nolan prosecuted the case in front of Circuit Judge James Hackett. After about six hours of deliberations, the jury returned a guilty verdict on all counts
Gibbons commended the work of his prosecutors and everyone involved in securing the guilty verdict against Reid.
"This was a very detailed, complicated case," Gibbons said. "I want to thank all of the police officers, investigators, coroner's office and medical personnel who helped my staff seek justice for Tweety and C.J."
Gibbons also thanked the jurors who heard evidence for almost two weeks.
Reid will remain in the custody of the Madison County Jail in Edwardsville until he is sentenced in about six to eight weeks. Reid is facing life in prison.