Bail Memorandum: Hammer Killed Airman Reeves?


by Natalie Travis

(Anchorage, AK) 24-year-old James Thomas pleaded not guilty to murder and burglary charges in connection with the alleged slaying of fellow airman Clinton Reeves.

Documents released today claim the the culprit killed JBER Senior Airman Reeves with a hammer, alleging the State Medical Examiner determined Reeves died from multiple blunt force impact strikes to his head.
The memorandum says in Thomas' pick-up , detectives located a claw-type hammer and goes on to say the hammer's head and claw was stained with human blood. The state crime lab is processing the hammer in an effort to determine if the blood belongs to Reeves according to prosecutors.

Other notable things, in the document---Thomas' claim of getting a text saying Reeves was in the emergency room, turned out to be false after a check. Thomas visited various websites that reference how to dispose of a human body shortly after Reeves disappeared, according to the bail memorandum.

Today at the Nesbett Court house, the hearing started out routine, until the defense asked the bail memorandum be sealed, because of pre-trial publicity. Judge Jack Smith  wouldn't allow it, but agreed to make the document confidential. However , the state had already shown it to a couple members of the media, so Smith decided everyone should have equal limitations.

 "I can't have some of the media have it and limit the others, that's not the way it works, you {defense} obviously will have the right to file the motion that it shouldn't of been out there that quick," Smith said.

Originally, Thomas had been charged with several counts of evidence tampering, after the disappearance of Reeves back in April. Eventually Reeves' body turned up in Eagle River.

Thomas' next hearing is set for August 1st.

His bail still sits at 100 thousand dollars cash.

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