What does it take to get an arrest of Ron Reynolds? Washington State Trooper Ronda Reynolds was murdered in 1998. Her death was previously ruled a suicide, but her mother Barbara Thompson didn’t buy it. She has fought for almost 13 years to get justice for her daughter.
Yesterday, the coroner’s jury unanimously ruled that Ron Reynolds and his son Jonathan were responsible for Mrs. Reynolds’ death. Coroner McLeod said he would issue arrest warrants today. But, the sheriff immediately announced he has no plans to make an arrest. Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer says he needs to pull an all-nighter to research whether he can arrest Ron and Jonathan Reynolds.
The bizarre details of this case are the subject of best-selling crime writer Ann Rule’s In the Still of the Night: The Strange Death of Ronda Reynolds and Her Mother’s Unceasing Quest for the Truth.
The lead detective on the case, Jerry Berry, believed it was murder rather than suicide. The Seattle Times reported that he quit the department after being demoted for refusing to give up on his investigation. He was joined in his quest by KOMO (Seattle’s ABC affiliate) and Ms. Rule.
Ron Reynolds is an elementary school principle in Toledo, WA.
Update: I’ve heard some reports that Mr. Reynolds is no longer the principle in Toledo. KING5 reported on their noon news broadcast on October 27 that the prosecutor has opted not to press charges because there isn’t enough evidence. He must not want to get elected again. Ms. Thompson apparently has accepted this decision because she wants a conviction. Murder doesn’t have a statute of limitations, but doubly jeopardy would attach if they are found innocent due to insufficient evidence.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. Please join me in wearing your purple and remembering today those who did not survive. May their loved ones find peace.