Man accused of feticide wishes ex-wife happy birthday
LIVINGSTON - A man who is accused of cutting his unborn child from his wife's body learned in court that his trial will begin in September. The man also had a special message for his ex-wife who allegedly tried to kill.
"I also want to wish my wife... ex-wife a happy birthday. Today's her birthday. I love you Paula and Austin," said inmate Jeffrey Reynolds.
In October 2012 authorities said Jeffrey Reynolds attacked his wife, Paula Reynolds, at their Walker home, stabbing his seven-and-a-half-months pregnant wife repeatedly and ripping the unborn child from her womb. Reynolds was arrested and pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. His wife survived the attack.
Bound by shackles and separated from the courtroom behind a thick pane of glass, Reynolds learned that his trial would begin Sept. 21. On his way back to jail, Reynolds opened up to News 2 about his case.
"The doctors on the sanity commission both agreed that I was unable to distinguish right from wrong due to a psychotic state from the synthetic marijuana," he said.
Reynolds has blamed the attack and death of his unborn child on synthetic marijuana. While attacking his wife in 2012 Reynolds called 911. Investigators say you can hear screams from a woman in the background and then a man's voice saying "let's kill it" and "hurry up and die."
After wishing his ex-wife a happy birthday Reynolds turned his attention to his son.
"My little boy Austin turned 8 on the 21st. Daddy loves you, and he will always love you. No matter what happens to me I'll always love you," said Reynolds.
Reynolds has been outspoken against synthetic drugs while heading in and out of court appearances in Livingston Parish. He says the state needs to make and enforce new laws against synthetic drugs.