Man indicted in shooting of wife

By Abby Morris
Star Staff
amorris@starhq.com
A Butler man was indicted Monday by a Carter County Grand Jury on a charge of attempted first-degree murder in the September shooting of his wife.
Lester Reece, 35, 474 Whaleytown Road, was charged after investigators claim he shot his wife, Kathy Jean Lyons Reece, 30, in the mouth in the early morning hours on Sept. 7.
According to Carter County Sheriff John Henson, Kathy Reece appeared to have been shot at close range with either a .38- or a .357-caliber handgun. The bullet exited the side of her jaw.
The two children of Lester and Kathy Reece were both in the residence at the time the shooting occurred. Their 9-year-old son was asleep on the couch in the room his mother was shot in and their 11-year-old daughter was awake in her bedroom.
The daughter is the one who called 911 to get help for her mother and she originally reported that a masked intruder had entered the home and shot her mother.
"When I arrived on the scene the little girl was on the phone with 911, talking to them, and very hysterical," Henson said at the time of the incident. "From what little we could find out, according to the girl, the father -- Lester Reece -- had left the residence going to Hampton. And then about five minutes after he left, someone comes in and shoots the momma."
At the time of the shooting, Henson told The Star that something "didn't add up" about the story that a masked intruder had entered the home just minutes after Lester Reece left and shot Kathy Reece in the face and then left with out stealing anything.
After Lester Reece's arrest the day after the incident, Henson stated that investigators had been looking for him for questioning in relation to the shooting since it had occurred.
"There was no masked man. One of the witnesses confirmed that that was untrue. The little girl was basically doing what she was told to say," Henson said the day Lester Reece was arrested.
"According to our investigation, they had a cookout up there that day, and Lester had been threatening Kathy all day. They had been arguing. It was a domestic situation that ignited later on that night and wound up with her getting shot."
Lester Reece was also indicted on the charge of the unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.