On Tuesday, December 25, 2018, Choctaw County Sheriff Scott Lolley received a call from a landlord in Pennington, Alabama concerned over the welfare of his tenant. Upon instruction, the landlord gained entry into the home where he found the tenant, Ron Washington, dead. The landlord secured the scene until the Choctaw County Sheriff’s Office arrived. Upon arrival, the sheriff’s office conducted a standard death investigation with a strong suspicion of foul play. While at the residence, the scene was surveyed and evidence was collected. The body of Ron Washington was sent to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences for an autopsy. Several days later, the Alabama Department of Forensic Science gave investigators a preliminary finding of Homicide by Blunt Force Trauma.
During the course of the investigation, the Choctaw County Sheriff’s Office coordinated with detectives at the Mobile Police Department. The Mobile Police Department began working on a second crime scene and began investigative efforts in their jurisdiction. Extensive and invaluable technical support was provided by investigators with the Clarke County Sheriff’s Office along with background intelligence support by the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office.
On Friday, January 4, 2019, the sheriff’s office requested and received a warrant from the Choctaw County Circuit Clerks’s Office for 1st degree Murder on Jarvis Maurice Reynolds of Mobile, AL. An investigator with the Choctaw County Sheriff’s Office along with District Attorney Spence Walker traveled to Mobile, AL where they coordinated with Mobile Police Department detectives. Reynolds was arrested and carried to police headquarters where he was interviewed. During the interview, Reynolds confessed to the crime.
Reynolds is currently being held in Mobile Metro Jail on a charge of Attempting to Elude. Reynolds will be transferred to the Choctaw County Jail at a later date where he will be booked in for 1st degree Murder.
Choctaw County Sheriff Scott Lolley would like to thank the deputies with the Choctaw County Sheriffs Office, the Mobile Police Department, Clarke County Sheriff’s Office, Mobile County Sheriff’s Office, the District Attorney’s Office, the Choctaw County Coroner, the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences, and the Choctaw County Circuit Clerks Office for their assistance with this case. This is a superb example of professional cooperation of agencies.
This case is still an open investigation therefore no further details will be released.
Choctaw County Sheriff
Choctaw County Sheriff