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Reeves v. State

Supreme Court of Delaware

February 27, 2014

CRAIG REEVES, Defendant Below, Appellant,
v.
STATE OF DELAWARE, Plaintiff Below, Appellee

Submitted January 15, 2014.

Case Closed March 18, 2014.

Editorial Note:

This decision has been designated as "Table of Decisions Without Published Opinions." in the Atlantic Reporter.

Court Below--Superior Court of the State of Delaware in and for Kent County. Cr. ID No. 1206007479A.

Before HOLLAND, JACOBS and RIDGELY, Justices.

OPINION

Henry duPont Ridgely, Justice.

ORDER

This 27th day of February 2014, upon consideration of the appellant's brief filed pursuant to Supreme Court Rule 26(c), his attorney's motion to withdraw, and the State's response, it appears to the Court that:

(1) On August 6, 2012, the appellant, Craig Reeves, was indicted on several offenses, including Aggravated Menacing and Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony. The charges arose from Reeves' confrontation with another man, Louis Williams, on June 9, 2012, near the East Lake Gardens apartments in Dover, Delaware. Reeves also was indicted on two counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child because his two children were with him when he stopped to confront Williams.

(2) Williams' girlfriend, Ahjahfri Watson, testified at Reeves' jury trial that she and Williams were driving out of the parking lot of the East Lake Gardens apartments on June 9, 2012, when Reeves suddenly pulled his vehicle in front of hers and forced her to stop. Then, according to Watson, Reeves exited his vehicle with a gun in his hand and pointed the gun at Williams, who was sitting in the front passenger seat of Watson's vehicle. When Watson attempted to call 911 from her cell phone, Reeves told her to hang up the phone and get out of the vehicle. Watson then dropped the phone, got out of her vehicle, and ran to a nearby residence where she again called 911 using a neighbor's phone.

(3) Another witness to the confrontation, Dustin Howard, testified that he was outside cleaning up his backyard when he saw a silver Land Rover (later determined to be Reeves') pull in front of a gold-colored Mercedes SUV (later determined to be Watson's) and force it to stop. According to Howard, the driver of the silver Land Rover " got out of his vehicle, had a pistol in his hand, approached the passenger's side of the Mercedes and stuck the gun in the window." [1] Alarmed by what he saw, Howard ran into his house to retrieve his gun, but by the time he returned " the Land Rover was gone, the Mercedes was still there[,]" and " [t]he lady that was driving the Mercedes was out of her vehicle in the neighborhood, running." [2]

(4) Williams testified in support of the defense about the incident. According to Williams, when Reeves approached Watson's vehicle, Watson " immediately took off running out of the vehicle. She left it in park and just took off running." [3] Williams testified that he and Reeves " had heated words[,]" and that Reeves " had some keys in his hand" but did not have a gun.[4]

(5) Dover Police Officer Brian Wood responded to the 911 call and interviewed Reeves. Wood testified that Reeves denied having a gun and that when the police searched Reeves, Reeves' vehicle, and Reeves' ...


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