Smith County issues warrant for suspect who made threats to witnesses testifying in son's murder trial

Smith County issues warrant for suspect who made threats to witnesses testifying in son's murder trial
Martin Reynolds (Source: Smith County judicial records)

SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - An arrest warrant has been issued for the father of a murder suspect in Smith County.

On Wednesday, March 28th, detectives from the Smith County Sheriff's Office secured an arrest warrant for Martin Wesley Reynolds Sr., 45, for Tampering with a Witness, a First Degree Felony.

The warrant was signed by Judge Kerry Russell of the 7th Judicial District Court and a $200,000 bond amount was assigned.

Detectives had received information that Reynolds made threats to cause serious bodily injury against several witnesses who are scheduled to testify during his son's upcoming murder trial. Martin Reynolds Jr. is charged with the murder of Andrew Carpenter, 19, of Whitehouse. Reynolds Jr. is currently in the Smith County Jail. His jury trial is scheduled for May 14, 2018.

Detectives, through their investigation, were able to confirm the threats made by Reynolds Sr. to the witnesses.

In the evening of March 28th, detectives along with patrol deputies from the Smith County Sheriff's Office attempted to serve the warrant at Reynolds known residence in Whitehouse. Reynolds was not located and is believed to be in hiding, as he knows that law enforcement officers are looking for him, according to the Smith County Sheriff's Office. Reynolds is also known to have resided in Meridian, Mississippi.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Reynolds Sr. is asked to contact Det. Hill of the Smith County Sheriff's Office at 903-566-6600. For more information on the Smith County Sheriff's Office visit www.smithcountysheriff.com. The Sheriff's Office also has a Facebook page and can be followed on Twitter at @SmithCSO.

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