Laura Reilly plea hearing rescheduled for Oct. 4

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PITTSFIELD — The plea hearing for Laura Reilly, who is accused of lying to police investigating the disappearance and homicide of Joanne "Jo" Ringer, has been rescheduled to Oct. 4.

The hearing, during which Reilly was expected to plead guilty to three counts of misleading police, originally was scheduled for Sept. 20.

Reilly, 43, of Easthampton, is accused of lying to police about particular pieces of information in their investigation into Ringer's death. She is not charged with causing Ringer, 39, any harm nor lying about anything directly related to her disappearance and murder. She is accused of deliberately lying in order to impede that investigation.

The charges against Reilly represent alleged falsehoods about specific facets of the investigation: the fact that Charles "Chad" Reidy used a cellphone belonging to someone else when he contacted Reilly on March 2, 2017; her whereabouts with Reidy that day; whether she drove him back to Clarksburg or they took two vehicles; and that she allegedly lied when she told police she was not with Reidy on March 3.

Reilly became embroiled in the investigation into the disappearance of Ringer soon after she failed to report for her first shift as a taxi driver in Easthampton on March 2. Police learned that Reilly had a romantic relationship with Ringer's husband, Reidy, which apparently continued while Ringer and Reidy were married.

Rediy remains the sole suspect in Ringer's death. He committed suicide a little over one month after he first reported Ringer missing.

Human remains were discovered Feb. 27 in Hatfield. They were identified as Ringer's two days later, almost one year to the day after she went missing.

Reilly's attorney, Jesse Adams, has maintained that his client has nothing to do with Ringer's disappearance.

Bob Dunn can be reached at bdunn@berkshireeagle.com, at @BobDunn413 on Twitter and 413-496-6249.


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