Bibb Co. DA: Man threatened to kill West Blocton police chief

Bibb Co. DA: Man threatened to kill West Blocton police chief

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Reynolds home on Boxwood Lane. Source: WBRC video Reynolds home on Boxwood Lane. Source: WBRC video
WEST BLOCTON, AL (WBRC) -

An alleged threat against a west Alabama police chief lands a man in jail this week.

Bibb County District Attorney Michael Jackson says the suspect, Johnny Reynolds, tried to hire someone to kill West Blocton Police Chief Keith Whatley, then burn his house down.

Reynolds lives on Boxwood Lane and his neighbors are understandably shocked.

"Just the thought someone who might live close would think to do something like that...scary," said Shelenia Beverly.

Josephy Farley also lives nearby and couldn't believe the news. He says he knows Reynolds.

"He's a good guy. I couldn't see him doing something like that," Farley said.

So how did the situation come to this? Bibb County Cheriff Keith Hannah tells FOX6 News Reynolds was angry at Whatley for sending officers to his property. The officers were responding to complaints about Reynolds burning items in his yard.

The city has also filed his harrassment complaint against Reynolds this month. About a week ago, Hannah says investigators learned about Reynolds' plan to murder Whatley and stop it.

"He actually made his intentions know how he wanted the chief disposed of," DA Jackson said.

Reynolds faces charges of conspiracy to commit murder and conspiracy to commit arson. He remains in the Bibb County Jail on a $75,000 bond. Jackson says that if he is convicted, Reynolds could face life imprisonment. 

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