SKOWHEGAN, Maine — The trial of Richard Reynolds, 42, accused of shooting his estranged wife, Rhonda Wakefield-Reynolds, in January 2007, is set to begin Nov. 4.
Reynolds has opted for a jury-waived trial in Somerset County Superior Court that will be heard by Justice Nancy Mills and prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Leane Zainea, according to court personnel. He has pleaded not guilty.
Reynolds is accused of shooting Wakefield-Reynolds, 37, with a 40-caliber handgun while the couple’s two sons, Jacob, then 6, and Matthew, 4, looked on. Family members have said that Wakefield-Reynolds was due to file for divorce from her husband on the day she was shot.
At the time of her death, Wakefield-Reynolds had an active protection from abuse order in effect against her estranged husband. The day before the shooting, the couple attended a custody hearing in Skowhegan District Court during which Wakefield-Reynolds was required to reveal her current address.
The next morning, according to court documents, Reynolds arrived at that address, a home on Bunker Avenue in Fairfield owned by Wakefield-Reynolds’ brother, and shot Wakefield-Reynolds in the head.