Death: December 3, 2010
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The Dothan Eagle
Matt Elofson – Nov. 14, 2014
An Abbeville woman received a 13-year prison sentence on Friday for stabbing a 32-year-old man to death.
Henry County Circuit Court Clerk Shirline Vickers said Circuit Court Judge Larry Anderson sentenced Pamela Kelley to the 13-year prison term. She said the court also set a Dec. 12 probation hearing date for Kelley.
A jury found Kelley guilty last month of a lesser included felony manslaughter charge.
Investigators with the Henry County Sheriff’s Office originally arrested Kelley, charging her with murder in the stabbing death of Bunard Reynolds on Dec. 3, 2010.
Attorney Arthur Medley said his client faced an enhanced minimum sentence of 10 years, instead of two to 20 years in prison, because a deadly weapon was used during the commission of the crime.
Medley said his client, who has been in custody since her arrest in December 2010, will receive credit for time served in jail toward her sentence. He also said since she received a sentence of less than 15 years she will be eligible for possible early release, and could finish her sentence in December.
“We tried it and the jury agreed it wasn’t murder. I thought it was a well reasoned and thoughtful, appropriate sentence,” Medley said. “It’s a tragedy this guy is dead, but at the same time Pam was in a relationship with him too. She’s lost somebody and his family has lost somebody too. It’s horrible for everybody involved. Now the best we can do is pick up the pieces and try to move forward.”
Cynthia Washington – Sep. 30, 2014
Pamela Kelley was found guilty of manslaughter in the December 2010 fatal stabbing of Bunard Reynolds. The jury deliberated for 15 minutes before finding a verdict. Her sentencing date has been set for November 14, 2014.
Tuesday was day 2 of a Henry County murder trial.
A woman is accused of stabbing her lover to death after a heated argument. The woman is claiming it’s self defense.
Pamela Kelley was Burnad Reynolds girlfriend but slight problem? He was also married. And Kelley is accused of killing Reynolds in December of 2010.
Tuesday, the prosecution called their 7th witness, Sergeant Steven Sanders. He testified to seeing a bloody shirt and knife at the Kelley home the night of the stabbing.
The jury then heard a recorded interview between Sgt. Sanders another investigator and Kelley. In the interview, Kelley said Reynolds was at her house with a few friends playing cards and drinking. She says he went outside to talk to a friend and when he came back they started fighting.
Kelley says it escalated and Reynolds began to beat her and she stabbed in him with a steak knife in self defense. She says he was not trying to kill him just to send a message.
The Reynolds’s family disagrees with Kelley’s claims.
Reynolds died from the two stab wounds in the chest.
The prosecution finished Tuesday, the defense will start Wednesday.