Daily Star

Date set for Reed rape trial

Jesse Brooks, crime reporter for the Daily Star in Hammond reports today that a trial date of Oct. 15 was set Wednesday for Reginald Reed, 59, of Hammond for the aggravated rape charge he faces.

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Donna Bahm Case

Hustler only exploited Donna Bahm murder

Around 2:30 p.m., Saturday, January 23, 1988, the St. Helena Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call on the Tickfaw River. Swimmers discovered the body of Donna Lynn Bahm, a 31-year-old Amite attorney missing two days and found under a bridge on Louisiana Highway 1045 near Hillsdale.

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FBI, DA’s office found Clay Bertrand in 1967

This week, we peek into the life of the real Clay Bertrand, but before we do, I feel I must respond to the messages I have received asking about the integrity of Jim Garrison. Let me make this perfectly clear. Having met Garrison, I do not believe he intentionally misled the public regarding the identity of Clay Bertrand. In fact, I have come to think that Garrison’s team may have misled him.

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Selonia Reed Case

Reed murder suspects plead not guilty

Former Hammond mayoral candidate Reginald Reed, and a homeless man, Jimmy Ray Barnes, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of second-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the 1987 death of Reed’s wife, 29-year-old Selonia Ophelia Smith Reed. Their next court date is August 28.

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International Trade Mart

Clay Bertrand dead at age 80

Tuesday, June 25, 2019, eighty-year-old Claiborne Roy Bertrand died in a nursing home in Opelousas, Louisiana. “Clay” Bertrand’s death came nine months after I met him and fifty-two years after New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison assured the world that he never existed.

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Jimmy Ray Barnes 2019

Second suspect jailed in Selonia Reed murder

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office booked the second suspect in the 1987 Selonia Reed murder case, Jimmy Ray Barnes, 60, into the Tangipahoa Parish Jail in Amite at 4:25 p.m., June 26, 2019, according to the jail log.

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