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Tape of jailhouse phone call played at Harvey man's trial

Tape of jailhouse phone call played at Harvey man's trial

Closing statements expected today in case against Anthony Reynolds

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A Cook County jury Wednesday heard a jail phone conversation between an unidentified woman and a 29-year-old Harvey man accused of pointing a handgun at two city police officers in 2005.

During the phone call, made from Cook County Jail, 29-year-old Anthony T. Reynolds is heard telling an unidentified woman about his role in the disappearance of a gun from the Harvey Police Department in 2006.

The gun's disappearance led to official misconduct charges against Harvey Police Detective Hollis Dorrough, who originally was assigned to the case.

"Man, you and I both know that (Dorrough) sold me the (expletive) gun back," Reynolds said. "So if there ain't gun in evidence how you gonna convict? And that's why the state's attorney said they not ready, cause they just realized ain't no gun in trial."

Reynolds has pleaded not guilty to charges of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, possession of a weapon and being an armed habitual criminal. Reynolds, who has a prior conviction for attempted murder, is accused of pointing a handgun at two Harvey police officers in October 2005 after he was stopped for questioning on the corner of 149th Street and Hoyne Avenue in connection with a shooting five days earlier that wounded a 10-year-old boy.

Reynolds, who awaits trial in a separate case in which he is accused of fatally shooting 23-year-old Hammond resident Martell Edwards at a South Holland car wash in April 2006 while out on bail, has not been charged in the shooting of the boy.

In court Wednesday, Special Agent Robert Hunt of the Illinois State Police public integrity unit testified he had been instructed by the state's attorney's office to investigate the disappearance of the .45-caliber handgun, which prosecutors noticed was missing from evidence while preparing for trial last June.

Several months later, the gun was discovered in Robbins.

On the stand, Hunt testified the investigation led to charges of official misconduct against the police detective, Hollis Dorrough, who originally was assigned to Reynolds' case.

Reynolds' trial comes less than three months after Cook County and state investigators seized evidence from the department as part of an ongoing investigation into unsolved murders in the city of 30,000.

The investigation began in August after reports surfaced about the missing handgun, and Dorrough was arrested and charged with official misconduct.

Dorrough resigned from the Harvey Police Department, and prosecutors subsequently added two additional charges of official misconduct, four charges of obstruction of justice, one charge of perjury and one charge of unlawful sale of a firearm to a felon.

Closing statements in Reynolds' trial will be heard today.

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