Texas Rangers turn in results of investigation on former West paramedic

McLennan County Jail
POSTED: Thursday, July 25, 2013 - 8:06am
UPDATED: Thursday, July 25, 2013 - 7:12pm

The results of a mental health evaluation, that was ordered for a former West paramedic who was arrested just days after the deadly fertilizer plant explosion, have been turned in to the McLennan County District Attorney's Office.

Bryce Ashley Reed, 31, is accused of possessing bomb-making material. Reed was arrested May 9 by federal agents for having the materials.

The evaluation was signed into order May 21 by a judge in West, to examine Reed's competency, sanity, and overall mental health.

District Attorney Abel Reyna now has a copy of the results of the joint investigation conducted by the Texas Rangers and the McLennan County Sheriff's Office. The Texas Rangers turned the report over last week. "The office is still reviewing the findings into that investigation," said Amy Kuzniarek, a spokeswoman for the DA's office.  Kuzniarek says the investigation is for the prohibited weapon material, not for the investigation conducted by the federal agents.

Reed was released as paramedic for West EMS two days after the April 17 incident.
 

Reed's attorney, Jonathan Sibley has said in the past that his client will plead not guilty to the federal charge. Sibley maintains Reed had nothing to do with the explosion and simply acted in his role as a first responder. Authorities have not linked Reed to the cause of the explosion.

 

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