On 09/27/2015, Authorities with the Scott County Sheriff’s Office located Bill Reynolds shot to death in his driveway on Slate Ford Road. Investigators with the Scott County Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of Investigators from the Indiana State Police and the Scott County Prosecutor’s Office assessed the initial scene and began conducting an aggressive investigation into the shooting death of Bill Reynolds. Investigators left the scene on the night of Reynolds' death with no weapon, no witnesses, and no leads to go on.
Sheriff Dan McClain explains that his office is familiar with Reynolds because deputies had recently received numerous calls and been involved in several civil disputes over property and vehicles between Reynolds, his estranged wife Dalene Cates Reynolds, and his step-daughter Johnetta Hall.
Investigators were able to sit down and speak with Cates-Reynolds (Dalene) and Hall (Johnetta) on the night of Reynolds’ death. Investigators soon discovered several discrepancies and inconsistencies with the statements provided by Cates-Reynolds and Hall regarding what Hall was doing during the time of Reynolds’ death.
Investigators followed up on statements provided by Hall, particularly one regarding her visitation to a storage facility on the day of Reynolds’ murder. Hall had informed Investigators that she was alone when she visited the storage facility. Investigators obtained surveillance footage from the storage facility which told a different story. Hall can be seen on the surveillance video interacting with two male subjects in a different vehicle. The three can be seen transferring items from a storage shed into their vehicle and the transferring one item from their vehicle to Hall’s vehicle.
After reviewing the storage facility surveillance footage, the two male subjects were identified by investigators as 21 year old Jacob Wayne Mathis and 22 year old Kerry Ray Heald, both of Clarksville, Indiana. The two were questioned by investigators with the Scott County Sheriff’s Office and the Indiana State Police.
After speaking with several witnesses and questioning Mathis and Heald, it was learned by investigators that Johnetta Hall allegedly hired Heald and Mathis to murder Bill Reynolds. In the days preceding Reynold’s death, Hall allegedly provided Heald with a handgun to carry out the murder with. On 09/27/2015, Heald and Mathis traveled to Reynolds’ residence on Slate Ford Road where Kerry Heald shot and Killed Bill Reynolds.
On 09/29/2015, Authorities with the Scott County Sheriff’s Office arrested Johnetta Hall, Kerry Heald and Jacob Mathis in connection with the murder for hire/murder of Bill Reynolds.
All three appeared before the Scott Circuit Court on 10/05/2015 for initial hearings where the trio was formally charged with Murder, Conspiracy to Commit Murder and Obstruction of Justice. In addition to the charges, the Scott County Prosecutors Office has filed a Notice to Seek Life without Parole and a Notice to Seek an Enhanced Sentence for use of a firearm in all three cases.
The Sheriff’s office would like to thank the Indiana state police for their ongoing assistance in the investigation. The Sheriffs office and the State Police were literally working around the clock putting together their best efforts to identify suspects and build the case to a point where arrests could be made. Without the excellent commitment by both agencies this case might still be unsolved.
Investigators are still following up on leads and collecting and examining data. Sheriff McClain encourages anyone that may have information regarding this investigation to contact the Scott County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff McClain reminds citizens that the Sheriff’s Office maintains several options for reporting information anonymously including the department’s website, facebook page, and the tip line.
Tip Line: 812-752-7898
All subjects are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law.