Court hearing for alleged gunman in 35-hour deadly standoff gets postponed
A scheduled detention hearing for the alleged triggerman who wounded three sheriff’s officers and killed a civilian during a 35-hour standoff last week has been postponed.
Tyleeb Reese, 35, of Trenton, is now scheduled to appear in court 1:30 p.m. May 23 before Mercer County Superior Court Judge Peter Warshaw.
Originally scheduled for Thursday, Reese’s upcoming detention hearing next Tuesday will settle the legal issue of whether he will be placed on pretrial detention or released from the county jail on certain conditions. If Warshaw orders Reese to be detained, he will be incarcerated at the Mercer County Correction Center for up to two years while his murder case plays out in court.
Reese has been charged with the murder of 56-year-old Robert Powell Jr. and the attempted murder of five law enforcement officials. He surrendered to police last Thursday to bring a peaceful resolution to what had been a violent confrontation.
The standoff began about 6:20 a.m. last Wednesday when a U.S. Marshals regional task force came under fire upon entering Reese’s house on the 300 block of Centre Street. The officers were attempting to arrest Reese that morning because he had previously failed to appear in court regarding a Megan’s Law violation. Reese is a convicted sex offender who must register his status with the proper law-enforcement authorities.
Five days after surrendering, Reese on Tuesday failed to appear in court for his arraignment on murder and attempted murder charges. The heavy charges against Reese also include weapons offenses and five counts of aggravated assault with the intent to cause serious bodily injury.
Reese is being represented by the New Jersey Public Defender’s Office and prosecuted by Mercer County Assistant Prosecutor John Boyle.