Reilly charged with lying to police, to change plea

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PITTSFIELD — It appears the case of Laura Reilly, accused of lying to police investigating the disappearance and homicide of Joanne "Jo" Ringer, will not be heard by a jury but, instead, will end with a change of plea before a judge, sometime in September.

Reilly, 43, of Easthampton was indicted by a Berkshire grand jury and arraigned on three counts of misleading a police officer in connection with the Ringer investigation.

Reilly came to the attention of authorities when it was learned she had a relationship with Ringer's husband, Charles "Chad"

Reidy, who remains the state's sole suspect in Ringer's death.

But Reidy took his life a little more than one month after Ringer's March 2, 2017, disappearance. Her remains were discovered in Hatfield a few days short of one year after she failed to show up for her first shift driving for an Easthampton-based taxi company.

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

The charges against Reilly represent alleged falsehoods about specific facets of the investigation: the fact Reidy used a cellphone belonging to someone else when he contacted Reilly on March 2; her whereabouts with Reidy on March 2; 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.

None of the charges claims that Reilly gave police any false information directly connected to Ringer's disappearance or demise, but instead claim she deliberately lied in order to impede the investigation.

At some point during her interviews with police, Reilly said

Reidy had asked her to lie to them.

Adams had filed motions to suppress evidence and dismiss his client's charges, arguing that police already had their prime suspect, knew much of the information about which they were asking Reilly, and therefore didn't alter the course of their investigation.

The motion to dismiss was denied, but part of the motion to suppress was allowed, limiting the scope of how prosecutors could use some of Reilly's statements made during interviews with police in April 2017.

A final pretrial conference had been scheduled for Aug. 14 but was taken off the docket in favor of the proposed change of plea hearing, originally set for Sept. 6.

Adams said Thursday the date will have to be changed due to scheduling conflicts, and a new date has yet to be determined.


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