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KSP Detective testifies man admitted to murdering woman found in backseat after multi-county police chase

David M. Reed, 54, of St. Petersburg, FL, appeared before Judge Hammons in Laurel County District Court on Tuesday morning, January 24.

He was arrested after a multi-county police chase led to finding a body in the backseat of his 2016 white Lincoln MKX in Laurel County on Jan. 18.

In a press release, Kentucky State Police later confirmed the body was that of Rachel Louise Carder, 53, of Huntington, West Virginia.

Detective Royal with Kentucky State Police testified Tuesday, during a safety sweep of Reed’s vehicle, officers located a deceased female inside a plastic tote in the back hatch of the vehicle.

Royal said Carder was observed to have trauma to her facial area as well as wounds consistent with injury inflicted by an edged weapon. Upon detaining Reed, he was observed to have red stains on his pants believed to be blood.

During a custodial interview with Reed, he admitted to getting into a physical altercation with Carder in a motel room and choking her in her neck area. At the time of the interview, Reed advised the assault occurred in a motel room in close proximity to the interstate but was unable to advise the exact location.

Reed’s case was then waived to the grand jury for trial.

He faces several charges including Murder – Domestic Violence, Tampering with Physical Evidence, and Abuse of a Corpse and is being held at Laurel County Correctional Center on a $1,000,000 bond.

Staff Report by The Kentucky Daily

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