Homeworth man accused of attack on estranged wife

LISBON – A Homeworth man is accused of attempting to strangle his estranged wife with a lamp cord, only days before she planned to move out and before a scheduled motions hearing in their divorce case.

David W. Reed, 74, Center Road, Homeworth, was charged with felonious assault by sheriff’s deputies after a neighbor called authorities at 10:40 p.m. Wednesday following the alleged attack on his wife.

Wilma Reed told deputies she and her husband are in the process of divorcing and she was making plans to move out on Friday. She went to see the manager of her new apartment on Wednesday evening, to sign papers and obtain the keys.

On her way home she saw her husband, who had been out looking for her. He pulled in behind her when she arrived home and accused her of having an affair, an accusation she claims he has made before. She reportedly denied the accusation and an argument ensued inside the home.

He reportedly threatened to kill her and then put a lamp cord around her neck. During the altercation, she fell behind her nightstand. She grabbed the lamp and struck him with it, and he reportedly tightened the cord around her neck.

She told deputies she managed to get her fingers between her neck and the cord, then grabbed him in a way which caused him to bend over. At that point, she struggled free of the cord and ran outside in her bare feet to several neighbor’s homes before finding one who would opened the door.

David Reed was transported to Alliance Community Hospital complaining of chest pains. He was treated and then taken to the Columbiana County Jail, charged with felonious assault.

He appeared in custody for video arraignments in Columbiana County Municipal Court on Friday. A July 11 preliminary hearing was set by Judge Mark Frost.

During his hearing, Reed asked Frost about the possibility of making it to his divorce hearing on Monday, which is scheduled in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court. Court documents show the scheduled hearing is a motion hearing before Magistrate Bradley Allison.

Reed told Frost he has hired an attorney, but did not believe his attorney in the divorce is aware of his arrest.

At the request of County Prosecutor Robert Herron and due to the nature of the offense, Frost set Reed’s bond at $100,000 cash or surety. Reed faces two to eight years in prison on the charge.