As investigators continue to gather details in the murder of two Springfield residents, attention is turning to one of the witnesses, as his involvement in the murder is "under review."
Ricardo Reynolds made his first appearance in court today in front of Judge Shane Vann on armed burglary and grand theft charges. Police say last Thursday, Reynolds entered the home of a neighbor and stole hundreds in cash and jewelry.
"He armed himself with a firearm during the commission of the burglary, that makes it a first degree felony instead of a third degree felony," Springfield Police Chief Philip Thorne said. "Then he's charged with grand theft for stealing in excess $300 worth of property."
This comes on the heels of investigators looking into his connection, if any, to the double murder in Springfield.
On Monday, Reynolds spoke to News 13 as a witness in the murder of 47 year old Mary Ann Castleman and her father 74 Leroy Minnich. Both were allegedly killed by 50 year old Bryan Castleman last Friday. Reynolds says Castleman showed him the bodies on Sunday night, he then waited until Monday afternoon to tell police.
"I was trying to give him a chance to do it himself," Reynolds said on Monday.
Now police are looking to see how - or if - Reynolds fits into the overall puzzle.
"At this point it's all under review, we'll continue to gather information to try to determine if he's more than just somebody who 'saw'," chief Thorne said.
Judge Shane Vann set his bond for the armed burglary and $25,000, and the grand theft at $10,000 thousand. His next court date is January 15th.