SEDALIA — A Clinton man has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. The March 1, 2020 incident in Sedalia left a driver of another vehicle dead after a multi-county high-speed chase with law enforcement.
Westley E. Reid, 27, pleaded guilty to all counts on Monday in Pettis County Circuit Court. He was charged with second-degree murder, DWI leading to a death, vehicle theft and felony resisting arrest. Henry County Sheriff’s deputies began the pursuit of Reid in a stolen vehicle out of Clinton the early evening of March 1. The chase continued into Benton County and onto Pettis County where Reid ran a red light at U.S. 65 and West 32nd St. in Sedalia and hit a vehicle at a high rate of speed. The impact was so severe it caused the driver of the other vehicle, 27-year-old Zachary Hancock Bottoms, to be ejected from his vehicle. The victim later died at Bothwell Regional Health Center. An empty bottle of Fireball whiskey and half-empty bottle of Evan Williams were found in the suspect’s stolen car.
A sentencing hearing for Reid is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. March 5 in Pettis County Circuit Court.