Records still unreleased in case of woman charged with lying to police in Ringer case

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PITTSFIELD — It's been over a year since Laura Reilly allegedly misled police in their investigation of Joanne "Jo" Ringer's disappearance.

And it's been over four months since her attorney first asked for records of that conversation.

But authorities still have not produced notes or a recording from the interview — the first of four conducted with Reilly in the case.

"The ... interview is the first interview between Ms. Reilly and the police," according to an affidavit filed last month by attorney Jesse Adams. "This interview was the closest in time to the disappearance of Ms. Joanne Ringer, and its content has been used to substantiate each of the three charges for which Ms. Reilly has been indicted."

Reilly, 42, of Easthampton, has pleaded not guilty to three counts of misleading police in the investigation. Adams has stated that Reilly had nothing to do with Ringer's disappearance.

After being missing for more than a year, Ringer's remains were found Feb. 27 in a wooded area of Hatfield.

Police believe Ringer, who was last seen March 2, 2017, was killed by her husband, Charles "Chad" Reidy. Her car was found days later in Easthampton, where investigators believe Reidy disposed of it in an effort to misdirect authorities.

Reidy took his own life at their Clarksburg home April 7.

Early in the investigation, Ringer's friends suggested to police that they should talk to Reilly, who was an ex-girlfriend of Reidy's.

During four interviews to police — March 6 and 7, April 5 and April 13, 2017 — Reilly allegedly made inconsistent statements about where she and Reidy were in the days following Ringer's disappearance. She also told police Reidy had asked her to lie to them, according to court records.

Reilly was arraigned April 21 in Northern Berkshire District Court, where the Berkshire District Attorney announced at a news conference that he believed Reidy had killed Ringer.

Reilly was later indicted by the grand jury and is facing charges in Berkshire Superior Court. She is tentatively scheduled to go to trial in September.

Adams, her attorney, filed a motion for discovery Nov. 17 seeking evidence in the case, including notes and a recording of the March 6, 2017, interview with police,. He filed an affidavit Feb. 22 that he still has not been provided notes from any police officer involved in the case, or the recording — despite it being part of the mandatory discovery process and his motion specifically requesting it.

"This interview and its disclosure is of the utmost importance and is vitally essential in mounting a defense in this case," Adams wrote. "The recorded interview of March 6, 2017 has never been provided to defense counsel."

As of Thursday afternoon, there had been no response to Adams' motion filed by the state. A call to Adams' Northampton office seeking further comment was not immediately returned.

Investigators have not released Ringer's cause of death or said whether any additional evidence was recovered from the area where her remains were found.

Bob Dunn can be reached at bdunn@berkshireeagle.com, at @BobDunn413 on Twitter and 413-496-6249.


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