Originally created 09/25/01

Stalking sentence deferred



The former husband of Robin Reeves, a Thomson woman who was stabbed to death in her home seven months ago, pleaded guilty last week to making harassing phone calls.

Robert Standridge pleaded guilty in McDuffie Superior Court to the misdemeanor charge but maintained his plea of not guilty to a felony charge of aggravated stalking, said Toombs Judicial Circuit District Attorney Dennis Sanders.

Mr. Standridge, 38, waived his right to a jury trial on the misdemeanor stalking charge. He is scheduled to go before a Superior Court judge for trial Oct. 29. Judge Pernell Davis deferred sentencing Mr. Standridge on the misdemeanor charge until Mr. Standridge is tried on the felony charge.

Ms. Reeves, 35, was stabbed to death Feb. 27 at her Gordon Street residence after returning home from a church social. There was no sign of forced entry, and police have not found a weapon. Her toddler son, Joseph Reeves Standridge, was in the house during the slaying. He was found in his crib the next morning by Ms. Reeves' mother, Faye Reeves, who had gone to the house to check on her daughter.

Police questioned Mr. Standridge after the slaying but determined that he had an alibi for the hours in which they say Ms. Reeves could have been killed.

Police have been unable to solve the case but have not stopped working it, said Mike Seigler, Georgia Bureau of Investigation assistant special agent in charge of the Thomson office.

"We're still, on a daily basis, following up leads, and the case is still very much active," he said.

Faye Reeves went to court in April to gain custody of Joseph, who will be two years old Oct. 27.

Mrs. Reeves contends Mr. Standridge is not a fit or proper person to have custody of the child.

Ms. Reeves and Mr. Standridge were divorced in September 2000. In the seven months before the killing, Ms. Reeves, whose maiden name was restored the day before she was slain, kept a 28-page journal recounting Mr. Standridge's harassment of her and her boyfriend, according to documents in the custody case file at the McDuffie County Courthouse.

A temporary protective order had been entered against him, and a restraining order was in the final divorce decree.

Their child is now in the official custody of the Department of Family and Children Services. He spends three days and two nights a week with Mrs. Reeves and the remainder with the Standridge family.

Meanwhile, a reward fund for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the killer now stands at $12,235, said Thomson Police Chief John Hathaway.

Black bows that many Thomson residents display on their mailboxes to remind people that her killer has not been caught are available at Richard's Flower & Gifts Shop on Jackson Street in Thomson. Black bows to wear are available at various Thomson businesses that display photographs of Ms. Reeves, Joseph and Hannah Neville, her 4-year-old daughter by a previous marriage.

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