BANGOR — Prosecutors say accused murderer Carine “T” Reeves got enraged when the woman he is accused of shooting was insulting his former lover.
“From the backseat, Sally started trash-talking about the mother of Reeves’ child. Reeves became more and more irritated but Sally persisted,” said Megan Elam, the assistant attorney general for the state of Maine, who is prosecuting the case with Assistant Attorney General Leane Zainea.
“Carine Reeves, ‘T’ pulled the car over, pulled her out of the car and with that door open he struck her with that handgun,” she continued. “He dragged her motionless body to the side of the road, scraping her back and shoes across the pavement and then across the gravel. He dumped her body on that roadside. He kicked her in the head and he left her body slumped on her left side. With her left arm under her head.
“He then pointed the gun at her head and fired,” Elam said, using her finger to point at her head.
Reeves. 40, of New York is charged with murder in the July 19, 2017 death of Shaw, whose body was found on the side of Route 193 in Cherryfield. Her daughter and the people who found her were the first to take the stand.
Investigators say Reeves, Quaneysha Greeley of Lewiston and Shaw were involved in drug dealing, and the three were involved in a love triangle.
“Members of the jury, you are not going to like Carine Reeves,” said Jack Baldacci, who along with Stephen Smith are defending Reeves. “Carine Reeves was involved in drugs. He and Sally Shaw sold drugs throughout Maine. They made a lot of money doing so. But Carine Reeves is not a murderer. Ladies and gentlemen Carine Reeves simply had no reason to want Sally dead.”
The defense is planning to argue that Greeley committed the crime. She is the state’s star witness.
“Quaneysha will tell you that ‘T’ shot Sally in the head by the side of the road,” Elam said.
Greeley has a plea agreement with the state to drop the murder charge against her in exchange for testifying against Reeves.
“Sally started disrespecting the mother of his child, and she wouldn’t stop. Sassy Sally, who couldn’t even drive him because she was so drunk,” Elam said. “Her life was expendable.”