DA recused in theft case

Friday, October 30, 2009

A neighboring district attorney is prosecuting a theft case in Marshall County Circuit Court because the victim is a close relative of one of the prosecutor's employees.

Harlen Reeves, 51, of Moulton, Ala., was indicted by the Marshall County Grand Jury on Wednesday in the courthouse here where District Attorney Mike Bottoms presented the case, District Attorney Chuck Crawford said.

"Among his victims are family members of an employee of the DA's office," Crawford said to explain why his office recused itself from the Reeves case.

Reeves was arrested Dec. 13, 2008, and released on $50,000 bond.

During his alleged attempt to steal tractors, he could not start either and was then backing a motor vehicle from a county resident's driveway when the owner arrived and stopped Reeves, according to court records.

Five counts of attempted theft are listed in his indictment for farm vehicles including two International Harvester tractors owned by different men and a 2002 Dodge truck owned by a third man.

Reeves was also indicted on charges of illegally having Darvocet, Viagra, Nexium, Tramadol, Effexor and Seroquel, the court record shows.

Another charge of evading arrest arose when he allegedly fled on foot from State Trooper James D. Crump, the arresting officer.

When Reeves was booked, his occupation was listed as "retired from General Motors."