- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 11, 2017

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas prosecutors will seek the death penalty in the trial of a man accused of killing his wife and daughter after upgrading his charges to capital murder.

Eric Allen Reid, 57, pleaded not guilty Monday to the amended charges, The Sentinel-Record (https://bit.ly/2o3soSN ) reported. He previously pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder by reason of mental disease or defect in December 2015.

But prosecutors claimed Reid acted “with the premeditated and deliberate purpose” in the shooting deaths of his wife, Laura J. Reid, 57, and daughter, Mary Ann Reid, 32.

Prosecutors said Reid should receive the death penalty because of the presence of aggravating circumstances under the Arkansas statute defining capital murder.

Reid was arrested hours after deputies discovered the victims inside Reid’s home on Oct. 20, 2015. Reid’s 20-year-old daughter and Mary Anne Reid’s two younger children were found unharmed.

Reid’s attorney, Willard Proctor Jr., has filed a motion to suppress statements made by Reid to Garland County sheriff’s investigators following his arrest, alleging they were in violation of his Fifth Amendment right to remain silent.

Reid is being held in lieu of a $1 million bond. A motion hearing is scheduled for June 26.

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Information from: The Sentinel-Record, https://www.hotsr.com

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