A Morgan County judge set a trial date Wednesday during an initial hearing for county Health Officer Dr. John Reynolds, who has been charged in connection with the death of a woman found dead in his home. A grand jury returned four indictments charging Reynolds with neglect of a dependent resulting in serious bodily injury for the November 7, 2009 death of Sondra Pressler. During the case’s initial hearing Wednesday, Reynolds, appearing with his attorney John Boren, kept his hands clasped and eyes down. Boren requested two weeks for the trial which is set to begin mid-February of 2011. Reynolds will next appear in a pretrial hearing on November 17.
Because Reynolds is well-known in the area, Boren requested a test jury in order to determine whether the jury can be selected from Morgan County or if jurors will have to be picked from another location. Boren also said he planned to call five to six medical experts as expert witnesses. The cause of Pressler’s death has not been released by the coroner’s office. And her death certificate has not been signed because Reynolds would have been the county official responsible for doing so.
Morgan County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Robert Cline will be prosecuting the case.