Kathleen man indicted on vehicular homicide charges in fatal crash

bpurser@macon.comMay 9, 2013 

PERRY -- A 20-year-old man from Kathleen has been indicted on three counts of vehicular homicide and several other related charges from a 2012 crash involving two four-wheelers.

Clayton Mitchell Reeves, who was 19 at the time of the fatal crash Aug. 9, 2012, is accused of intentionally operating his four-wheeler on Ga. 247 without headlights “to avoid detection.” He collided with another four-wheeler, causing both drivers to lose control, the indictment stated.

Willis Walton Varner, 23, of Kathleen, was killed in the crash.

Reeves allegedly left the scene of the crash without rendering aid to Varner and allegedly failed to use an available cellphone to call for help, the indictment stated.

Reeve’s father, Homer Mitchell Reeves, 48, also was indicted on charges of false statements and writings, and misdemeanor obstruction of an officer.

Homer Reeves is accused of intentionally misleading law enforcement about the identity of Varner when he allegedly knew who he was and of providing false and misleading information to a sheriff’s traffic investigator. Homer Reeves allegedly told Houston County sheriff’s Cpl. Sean Alexander that he had not seen his son the night of the crash, when in fact he had, according to the indictment.

Clayton Reeves was located after leaving the scene and taken to Houston Medical Center for road rash and other minor injuries, Alexander previously told The Telegraph.

Clayton Reeves also was indicted on charges of reckless driving, failure to stop at or return to the scene of an accident, failure to report an accident, driving too fast for conditions, driving an unsafe or improperly equipped vehicle, operating an unsafe vehicle and operating without a license tag.

The other charges against him are tampering with evidence and theft by taking. He’s accused of taking three cellphones that belonged to Varner and concealing them, the indictment stated. The phones are considered evidence, according to the indictment.

Debra G. Gomez, a Macon attorney representing Clayton Reeves, could not reached for comment. Homer and Clayton Reeves also could not be reached for comment.

This week the grand jury also indicted Troy Thompson, 50, of Bonaire on 18 counts of sexual exploitation of children. All the charges are related to his alleged possession of digital photographs of girls under the age of 18 in sexually explicit poses, according to the indictment.

Kerry Benald Glenn, 29, of Byromville, was indicted on 12 counts of theft by deception in connection with the theft of vehicles and construction equipment from property at 300 County Line Road in Elko, the indictment stated.

To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.

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