Legal Ethics

Suit claims lawyer failed to tell police about murder plot revealed by his client

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A Kentucky lawyer is accused in a lawsuit of failing to warn police about a murder plot revealed by his client.

The lawyer, John Deeb of Bowling Green, said he hadn’t seen the lawsuit when contacted on Saturday by the Bowling Green Daily News.

The negligence suit was filed by Dewayne Reid, who said he believes his wife tried to poison him with tainted minestrone soup that was laced with Lorcet and Xanax.

Police have arrested Reid’s wife, Judy Reid, on charges of attempted murder, solicitation of murder and first-degree official misconduct, according to the Bowling Green Daily News. She is accused of soliciting another woman, Kimberly Vincent, to put the drugs into the soup purchased at an Olive Garden in Bowling Green, according to previous coverage by the Bowling Green Daily News. Vincent has been charged with attempted murder.

The suit claims another woman, who gave information to police after the tainted soup incident, had told Deeb about the alleged plot a week before it was carried out. The woman, Ashley Scott, was a drug court participant under the supervision of Judy Reid, who was a case worker in the drug court program. The suit alleges Reid had asked Scott to obtain the narcotic Opana to poison Dewayne Reid.

“Instead of advising authorities of the allegations or attempting to further the interests of his client, Deeb informed no one of the plot,” the suit says. “Further, Deeb advised Scott not to come forward with information about the plot, as she would be removed from the drug court program and no one would believe her anyway.”

Deeb did not immediately respond to a phone message left with his paralegal by the ABA Journal.

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