1 pleads guilty to perjury in Battaglia death

Sheila Reed's December 2014 mug shot from the Kent County Correctional Facility.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — One of three people charged with perjury in connection to a 1990 homicide has pleaded guilty.

During a Monday status conference, Sheila Reed pleaded guilty as charged to perjury while under an investigative subpoena, according to Kent County Judge Mark Trusock’s office.

A photo of Joel Battaglia. (Courtesy photo)
(An undated courtesy photo of Joel Battaglia.)

Reed, 57, of Grand Rapids was charged with perjury in connection to the 1990 robbery and beating death of 23-year-old Joel Battaglia in Grand Rapids.

His murder remained unsolved until late last year, when four people were arrested in the case. Aurelias Marshall was charged with the homicide, and Reed and two others with perjury. Marshall was convicted of murder earlier this month.

Authorities also now say they think Marshall framed another man for sexually assaulting his then-girlfriend’s 10-year-old daughter in 1991. The Kent County prosecutor has filed a motion to vacate Quentin Carter’s conviction in that case.

Malcolm Jeffries and Aurelias Marshall’s brother Acey Marshall, both of whom also face perjury charges, were also scheduled for status conferences Monday. Both were adjourned until July 13.

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