The case of Valencia student Deidra Reid, 21, may be coming to a close after her July 20 arrest at The Retreat on Colonial Drive after an altercation with Orange County Sheriff's Officers Richard Nye and Brett Parnell — who was off duty at the time.
Reid’s lawyer, Natalie Jackson, entered a plea of not guilty to all charges on behalf of Reid on Aug. 12, even though she has not yet been charged by the state attorney.
“I don’t think [the state attorney] should charge her; and if they do, then we’ll go to trial because they have no case against her,” Jackson said. “She didn’t commit any crime. They charged her with trespassing, and she was not trespassing. And she certainly should not be charged with battery on a law enforcement officer because it was them who battered her, who threw her to the ground.”
Reid was charged with resisting an officer with violence, which is a third-degree felony with a $1,000 bond; and with trespassing, which is a first-degree misdemeanor with a $100 bond.
“We know she was not trespassing because she had permission by a resident to be there,” Jackson said. “The resisting with violence [charge], we have a videotape of the entire incident, and she did not resist with violence, she did not touch the officer.”
Along with Reid at The Retreat was her friend Reginald Lane, Jr., 20, who was arrested July 20 for resisting arrest without violence.
For Lane, however, his case was dropped due to insufficient evidence.
“We filed a ‘No Bill’ on Sept. 1. The case was not suitable for prosecution. We believe Mr. Lane’s actions did not rise to a level of criminal conduct,” said Angela Starke, public information officer for the Office of the State Attorney.
According to his court record on the Orange County Clerk of Courts website, Lane paid $100 of his $500 bond, with the help of a bail bondsman.
And as there was not any evidence to go forward with Lane’s charge, Jackson said she thinks the same will happen with Reid’s case.
Reid was arrested and bonded out — paying $200 of her $1,100 bond, also with the help of a bail bondsman — but in order for her case to close, Jackson will do a probable cause hearing and have the judge decide whether there is enough evidence for the state attorney to even charge her case.
With Reid having been falsely arrested, Jackson said Reid’s case will never be fully gone, even if it gets dropped.
“Even after it is all done, all of that is still there; her mug shot, her arrest record, her Clerk of Courts record that says she committed a felony. And all of that has to be dealt with,” she said. “She has to do an expungement on her record, so it’s not over, it’s never over.
“… She should have never been arrested. This can pretty much follow her.”
Rachel Stuart is a News Editor for the Central Florida Future. Follow her on Twitter at @RachSage or email her at RachelS@CentralFloridaFuture.com.