Laura sits on the carport of her home, just a few feet from the house where she watched in horror as her neighbor killed his wife and teenage son. Her voice occasionally cracks as she recalls the “worst day of her life.”
Laura recently told her chilling story of the day she witnessed Marty Reeves shoot his wife and son and then hold her hostage until she was able to escape with her 1-year-old daughter.
Reeves was arrested June 5 for the murders of his family. He was indicted on Aug. 12 by a Jackson County Grand Jury on 15 counts, including two counts of murder, two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of felony murder, four counts of false imprisonment, four counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and one count of obstructing or hindering persons making emergency telephone calls. His arraignment is set for Sept. 16 and he will likely enter a not guilty plea and use an insanity defense.
The only witness to the crime, Laura, shares her story of terror because she wants everyone to know that Reeves is “evil.”
“It was the worst day of my life,” Laura says. “Marty Reeves is an evil man. The evil in his eyes…He is a bad man.”
It started out like an ordinary day. Laura woke up and saw a text from her neighbor, Andrea, who invited her over for breakfast. She and her little daughter went over and had pancakes with Marty and Andrea and their son, Austin. The Reeves had moved into the Gordon Street neighborhood in February and Laura and her family had often visited with them.
Laura said she didn’t notice anything out of the ordinary that morning. Marty did have his holster on with a gun in it, but she said he always did that. Marty did have the door to the outside locked, which she found a little unusual.
After breakfast, Laura and her 1-year-old daughter, along with Marty, Andrea and Austin, sat in the living room.
“He was nervous and was pacing around,” Laura said. “I wanted to go outside to smoke and he told me to stay inside to smoke.
Andrea was just being the sweet woman that she always was.”
Laura said that while she felt some tension and the need to get outside, no one was fussing or fighting. In fact, she never knew Marty and Andrea to argue.
When Austin got up to leave the living room, Laura said that Marty pushed him.
“Then, he pulled the gun out of the holster,” Laura said. “I thought it was a bad joke. He just started shooting. He shot Austin first. He said nothing. No words. No expression. He didn’t make a face. It was like he was at a shooting range.”
Laura believes Andrea likely died immediately.
“There was no life in her eyes,” Laura said of Andrea. “She was gone.”
Austin was still alive because he was shot in the shoulder at first.
Laura remembers that Marty then reloaded his gun and shot Austin and Andrea both again.
“Austin was still moaning and he shot him in the head,” Laura said.
Laura said she asked if she could call 911 for help for Andrea and Austin, but Marty wouldn’t let her. She said then she begged him to let her go to her house. She said he agreed but went with her. She still believed she had a better chance of escaping if she could get to her house.
“Once I was in my safe zone, I thought I could get away,” Laura said.
Once they were in her home, Marty asked Laura to help him remove the bodies from his home, but she refused. When she refused to help him, he reloaded his gun again.
“At my house, he reloaded the gun again,” Laura said. “I asked if I could take my daughter to the basement. He followed me, but I jumped from the first step to the bottom step and ran out the outside door in the basement.”
Laura said that she believed she could outrun Marty if he tried to chase her. He didn’t follow her and she ran to a near-by gas station to call 911.
It was 45 minutes from when the shooting occurred and Laura was able to escape. She has relived those 45 minutes many times since that day and it still haunts her.
“What hurts me the most is the son,” she said. “How can you kill your child? He suffered. I heard him moaning. I have feelings of guilt because Austin suffered.”
During those 45 minutes, Laura said Marty never told her why he shot his family.
“He did tell me he was tired of Andrea being home all the time,” she said. “She had lost her job and was home every day. Austin was home for the summer. He wanted them out of the way. I asked him why he didn’t get a divorce and he said he didn’t feel like that was an option.”
While Laura never knew of the couple to fight or argue, she said that when the shooting started, Andrea had a look that she had been through this before.
“The look on Andrea’s face was the look of someone who had been here before,” Laura said. “He just had never fired before.”
Laura said she didn’t cry or break down during the shooting because she was thinking of how to save herself and her daughter.
“I finally broke down at the police station,” she said. “I just knew that I had to stay alive for my 1-year-old.”
Reeves was arrested at his home after law enforcement arrived. He had left Laura’s home and returned to his house next door after she escaped. When the police arrived, he came outside of the home with his hands up. He remains in the Jackson County Jail.
As for Laura, she is coping with all that she experienced but said she is paranoid, even though she knows Marty is in jail.
“I have days that are bad days,” she said. “I’ll never forget it. I’ll never forget how Austin looked. I will never forget Marty’s face. He wanted them to die. He was adamant. He deserves the death penalty. I want him to be held accountable for what he did.”