Clement Reynolds, Maryland Man Who Killed Another Man In Front of his Screaming 11-Year-Old Daughter, Offered her $100,000 to Stay Silent


What Clement Reynolds did in 2002 was horrific: Shooting a man dead outside a Montgomery County apartment in front of the man’s screaming 11-year-daughter.

What he did 12 years later after finally being arrested — at least to hear prosecutors tell it — is beyond the pale: Offering $100,000 to the daughter not to testify.

“He is a heartless person,” said the daughter, Nickesha King. “In my mind, he is an evil person.”

Already convicted of murder, Reynolds now faces charges of witness intimidation and obstruction of justice. Authorities allege that a friend of Reynolds’s visited King’s uncle in Jamaica, where he told the uncle that he and Reynolds were willing to pay cash to Nickesha King. The friend also said that “they know where Nickesha King resides, where she gets her hair done, and her husband’s name.” Reynolds is due in court later this month for the next hearing in the case.

As for the 2002 murder, Reynolds, 39, was tried earlier this year. Prosecutors called King to the stand, and she proved to be a powerful witness. She remembered clearly the murder of her father, Wesley King, and told jurors she heard him call out the name “Clement.” She broke down over the memories, at one point standing up and ducking behind a door in the back of the courtroom to cry out of sight. “My heart went out to her,” a juror said afterward.

Other testimony established that Reynolds and Wesley King had been in the marijuana business together, and a dispute likely arose from their arrangement. After Reynolds killed Wesley King, he slipped up to New York, assumed the identity of “Dennis Alfredo Graham,” got fake passports and helped build a successful music promotion company. He traveled freely to Jamaica before he was captured in 2014 at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.

The murder case concluded last month, when Reynolds was sentenced to life in prison. Under Maryland rules, he will become eligible for parole in an estimated 22 years. Because of the nature of the crime, though, the governor would have to sign off on any parole release.

Prosecutors would like to tack on additional prison time with their witness tampering case. They also have indicted a friend of Reynolds’s, Marlon Collins of Los Angeles, saying that he traveled to Jamaica to issue offers and threats to Nickesha King through her uncle, a colorful character named Patrick Henry.

Collins, who police say is known to use at least four other names and has a criminal history including drug dealing and carrying a loaded firearm, was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport in December as he was trying to board a flight to Jamaica. Authorities then moved him to Montgomery County, where prosecutor Bryan Roslund argued in court that he should be held without bond, in part because he and Reynolds are part of a large drug organization moving marijuana from Mexico, through Los Angeles and into New York and the Washington area.

District Judge Jeannie Eun Kyung Cho ordered Collins held on no bond.

Collins’s and Reynolds’s version of the events are not known. Doug Wood, an attorney for Collins, and Theresa Chernosky, an attorney for Reynolds, declined to comment.

The allegations at the heart of the tampering case are complicated. In an affidavit filed in a courthouse in Rockville, Montgomery County Detective Frank Colbert laid out his basic assertions:

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Source: The Washington Post | Dan Morse

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