Hearing to dismiss charges against Laura Reilly in Joanne Ringer disappearance investigation pushed back to June
PITTSFIELD — A hearing to dismiss charges filed against Laura Reilly filed in connection with the disappearance of Joanne "Jo" Ringer has been pushed back until the first week of June.
The hearing to dismiss the charges and another to suppress evidence were originally scheduled to take place in Berkshire Superior Court on May 23. The change of date was at the request of both legal teams, according to court records.
Reilly, 43, of Easthampton, faces three counts of misleading police in March and April 2017, during the investigation into Ringer's disappearance.
The motion to dismiss all charges against Reilly, filed in Berkshire Superior Court by Northampton-based attorney Jesse Adams, is based on the argument that evidence presented to a Berkshire grand jury was insufficient to establish probable cause. He states in the motion that because police already knew much of the information they were seeking from Reilly, her answers didn't alter the course of the investigation, nor did they rise to the level of criminal behavior. Prosecutors allege that Reilly's inconsistent information prevented police from constructing an accurate timeline of the events in the days surrounding Ringer's March 2017 disappearance.
In a separate motion, Adams argues that warrants used to seize evidence against Reilly, including her car, phone and debit card records, were not valid, because of a lack of probable cause.
Ringer went missing March 2, 2017, the same day she was expected to start a new job, driving a cab in Easthampton. She never arrived for that shift. Her late husband, Charles "Chad" Reidy, reported her missing March 4.
Reidy became the prime suspect in Ringer's disappearance. He took his life April 7, 2017.
Ringer's remains were found in Hatfield in early March, almost one year to the day she went missing. Reidy remains the primary suspect in the case, now classified as a homicide.
Reilly had a previous relationship with Reidy and was interviewed by police on at least four occasions. She is only charged with misleading police; she has not been accused of causing Ringer any harm.
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