McCloud Accepts Plea Deal; Family Happy to See Justice

A Dothan man charged with capital murder today accepts a plea deal that lessens his charge. The victim's family says after 3 years they are happy to finally see justice.

"I feel like I got justice, and I come to a closure behind this one," says the victim, Pete Reaves mother, Betty Reaves.

27-year-old Kevin McCloud was charged with capital murder in the fatal shooting of 30-year-old Pete Reaves.

The drug-related incident happened on June 9, 2007 at Rolling Hills Apartments in Dothan. McCloud accepted a plea bargain Tuesday that reduced his charge from capital murder to murder. He is sentenced to 99 years in prison.

District Attorney, Doug Valeska says, "I'm a victim oriented DA, and I came in and talked with the family and made sure that's what they wanted to do."

Defense attorney, Tom Brantley says, "Under the circumstances, the totality of the circumstances, I wouldn't hesitate to do it again, everything being the same."

McCloud was also ordered to apologize to the victim's family.

Betty Reaves says, "As far as an apology, he apologized in court, I never be able to accept that I don't think. I'll have to take that to my grave you know. Because he killed my child. Murdered my child."

2 others were also charged with capital murder in the case.

"I was very upset after that first trial, it was hurt. it was hurt," says the victim’s father, Homer Reaves.

Lorenzo Stacey was found not guilty in February of 2009, and Kharon Davis still awaits trial.
Another part of McCloud's plea bargain, is to testify against, Davis, the alleged shooter.

District Attorney Doug Valeska warns those awaiting trial on capital murder charges not to expect a plea bargain.

"That's not the norm. That won't be happening. Very rarely. All they asked for was justice, and they've gotten half justice. And I'm going to move on to the next case to try to get them final justice, but even then, they still won't have their son back. No matter what happens, it's not a fair trade."

The trial for Kharon Davis, the man charged with shooting Reaves, should be set sometime in the next 90 days.

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  • by Barbara Location: Florida on Feb 17, 2011 at 12:38 AM
    He wanted a lesser charge, 99 years to sit behind bars? That is a lesser charge? Well he didn't get the death penalty...but he's going to die in prison.
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