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April 30, 2013

Alleged burglar charged with felony murder

TERRE HAUTE — A murder charge has been filed against a Terre Haute man accused of an April 18 break-in in which he and an alleged accomplice were shot by a person police believe was the intended victim.

Reginald Lee Wood Jr., 22, appeared in Vigo Superior Court 3 on Monday where Judge David Bolk set a May 6 hearing after Wood said he intends to hire an attorney.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Wood and another man, John Gregory, were both shot — and Gregory later died — after they allegedly kicked in an apartment door in the 1000 block of North Eighth Street. The resident of the apartment called police and reported that two men had kicked in his door, and that he had grabbed his handgun and shot at them.

Wood has been charged with felony murder, class-B felony burglary, class-D felony attempted theft and class-D felony residential entry.

According to state law, Wood can be charged with felony murder to hold him accountable for the death of Gregory, who died as a result of the felony crimes allegedly being committed through the breakin.

Shortly after the shooting, Terre Haute Police were called to another apartment in the same block and found Gregory lying on his stomach. Police saw that Gregory had been shot, and soon learned that another man — identified as Wood — had walked to Union Hospital with gunshot wounds, according to the affidavit.

Both Gregory and Wood were airlifted to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. Gregory died during surgery, the affidavit states.

Police collected cell phones belonging to Gregory and Wood and retrieved data from the phones after receiving a search warrant. Among the data were text messages that allegedly indicated that Gregory and Wood intended to break into a dwelling.

Reporter Lisa Trigg can be reached at 812-231-4254 or Follow her on Twitter @TribStarLisa.


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