Update: PAROLE DENIED. The parole
of inmate Bobby Reed was denied. On October 28, 2011, shortly after
his parole was denied, Reed died in prison. Thank you to everyone
was brutally murdered while trying to earn money for college.
David Cahill understood the meaning
of the word hero. His father, Robert Cahill, spent 11 years
serving in the U.S, Marine Corps before becoming a Cleveland
Ohio Firefighter. David watched his older brother Rick dedicate
his life to helping others by becoming a Columbus Ohio Police
Officer. Although he had not even come close to reaching his
potential, at the age of 23 David was already a hero. A hero
to his five younger sisters and one younger brother. David
was especially a hero to his younger sister Sue. Sue, like
David, lived in Columbus Ohio. She was pregnant with her first
child. It wasn’t easy for Sue with most of her family
living three hours away in Chardon, Ohio. David stepped up
and did everything he could for Sue and the baby. He was always
there for them any time, day or night. Sadly David would never
get to meet his neice. One month before the baby was born David
would die a hero in a Columbus Ohio carryout.
By December 1974 David Cahill was poised
to become the next Cahill to help make the world a better place.
He exemplified the Cahill family motto “Work hard and
give your very best in all that you do”. David was a
few short months from graduating from The Ohio State University
with a degree in computer sciences. David also was determined
to follow in his father’s military footsteps. After graduating
from Ohio State, David was commissioned to become a second
lieutenant in the Air Force and planned to go to flight training.
His father gave him the nickname “Ace”.
Because the Cahill family was so large
David knew he had to help pay for his education. He earned
that extra money through an ROTC scholarship and by working
part time at a Stop –N-Go Food Store near campus. It
was only two days before Christmas and David wanted nothing
more than to spend the Christmas Holidays with his large and
loving family. Since David was so close to graduation he decided
to stay in Columbus a little longer to make some extra money
at the Stop-N-Go. That decision would cost him his life.
A Senseless Shooting
On December 23, 1974 David Cahill was
working behind the counter at the Stop-N-Go. He likely was
thinking about getting off work and getting home to his family.
At 12:25AM two punks name Thomas Waters and Bobby Reed walked
in the door. David had no idea that Waters and Reed had just
finished robbing another Stop-N-Go on Columbus’ west
side. Reed watched the door while Waters picked up a six-pack
of beer. Waters placed the beer on the counter. When David
Cahill reached for the beer Thomas Waters pulled out a gun
and shot David in the chest at point blank range. Waters did
not say a word. Waters then turned and fired the gun at a female
witness sitting in her car in the parking lot. Waters and Reed
then grabbed $106 from the cash register and fled the scene.
The Cahill Family in 1967.
From the top, Susan, Jim, Kristin, David, Sue, Pat
and Colleen. Rick is not present.
Somehow, as he lay mortally wounded
on the floor of the carryout, David Cahill managed to grab
the phone and call the operator. David told the operator “I
need the police or someone”. He then told her “Don’t
leave me”. The operator stated that not one time did
David cry or complain. The operator stated, “He concentrated
more on staying conscious”. The operator also stated
although David was dying he was worried about the woman in
the parking lot. She said it seemed “odd the he would
even have thought about” someone else. Anyone who knew
David knew that was not odd at all. The first Columbus Police
Officer on the scene would be David’s older brother Rick.
He found David on the floor of the carry out with the phone
receiver still in his hand.
On the way to the hospital David relayed
as much information to his brother Rick as possible. He wanted
to do everything he could to get Waters and Reed off the streets
before they shot anyone else. Once they reached Riverside Hospital,
and David was rushed into surgery, Rick had to make the call
to his parents to tell them David had been shot. Mr. And Mrs.
Cahill immediately began the drive from Chardon to Columbus
so they could be by David’s side. They never made it.
David died on the operating table at 3AM the day before Christmas.
He was buried on the day of Christmas Eve 1974. Almost four
decades later David’s younger sister Colleen, who was
14-years-old at the time, remembers it like it was yesterday.
She states, “I will never forget my father standing over
David’s casket at the grave side, patting his hand on
the casket and saying ‘ Goodbye Ace’ ”.
Arrested and Convicted
Waters and Reed spent several days
on the run. Reed was an expert at running from the law by this
time. The career criminal had been in trouble with the law
since 1964. In that year, while being detained at the courthouse
on an auto theft charge, the 19-year-old Reed fled the courthouse
in handcuffs. Police officers and sheriff’s deputies
wasted an entire day searching for Reed. A tipster turned him
into police and the same thing would happen in 1974.
Thanks to the heroics of David Cahill
and the witnesses at the scene, Thomas Waters was picked up
after police sketches appeared in The Columbus Dispatch. Waters
was on the run for just over two weeks. A short time later
Reed was located and taken into custody.
Both Waters and Reed were indicted
on charges of aggravated murder, aggravated robbery and felonious
assault. While Reed did not pull the trigger under Ohio law
he was as culpable as Waters. Considering Reed helped plan
and carry out the robbery/ murder, helped steal the $106.00,
and then spent over two weeks on the run he certainly deserved
the same punishment. Both Waters and Reed were facing the death
penalty and both knew they would get it. Rather than being
men and taking their punishment both cowards decided to take
plea deals. Waters pled guilty to aggravated murder and aggravated
robbery. Reed pled guilty to murder and aggravated robbery.
Both received life sentences, Justice was served and the State
of Ohio had done its job. Unfortunately the Ohio Parole Board
would fail to do theirs.
Although Waters and Reed received life
sentences they were both eligible for parole. Reed came up
for parole in 1980 and Waters shortly thereafter. Initially
they were denied parole however as time passed The Ohio Parole
Board changed and David Cahill became a forgotten statistic.
The Ohio Parole Board never notfiied David’s family regarding
the paroles over the years so he never had a voice. The family
had no idea Waters and Reed were up for parole. In 2007 the
unthinkable happened. The parole board released Thomas Waters.
He now resides on Columbus’ east side. The greatest miscarriage
of justice may be yet to come. The Ohio Parole Board is on
the verge of releasing Bobby Reed for the FOURTH time.
A life of crime: Three strikes you're
Bobby Reed is a dangerous career criminal
who has been given multiple opportunities to turn his life
around. His prison records consist of over 700 pages and spans
47 years. His adult crimes/ releases are as follows:
5/29/1964: Bobby Reed, age 19, is found
guilty of auto theft and sent to prison. He receives a 1-20
11/24/65. Reed is paroled after serving
only 1.5 years.
1/6/66: Reed is brought back to prison
for violating parole and is also convicted of a new armed robbery.
He receives a sentence of 10-25 years in addition to his original
1-20 year sentence.
7/31/73: Reed is released off all supervision
after serving nine years of a possible 45-year sentence.
12/23/74: A little over a year after
being released Reed and accomplice Thomas Waters kill 23-year-old
Ohio State University student David Cahill. Reed receives a
8/1/84: Reed is paroled after serving
only 10.5 years of his life sentence.
Next Parole Hearing:
11/18/87: Reed is brought back to prison
for violating his parole.
11/23/88: Reed is released AGAIN on
11/28/89: Reed is brought back to prison
for violating parole and is also convicted of a NEW
ROBBERY charge. Reed went into a bank and said
he had a gun. He stole $855.00 He receives an additional 4-15
years in prison.
6/2/2000: Reed is paroled AGAIN.
On 3/26/ 2002 he goes on the run and becomes a parole violator
2/18/03: Reed is captured and brought
back to prison.
2/17/04: Reed is paroled for a THIRD
10/27/04: Reed is brought back to prison
for violating his parole and is now charged with ANOTHER robbery.
He receives another five years in addition to his life sentence
and 5-15 for the previous robbery.
4/2011: Reed is up for parole for a FOURTH
TIME! (Parole Pending)
In addition to Reed’s two new
robbery convictions he also had serious parole violations.
Those violations include: continuing to drink alcohol, changing
residence without notification, failing to complete a halfway
house program, failing to report to his parole officer, being
unsuccessfully terminated from the Alvis House substance abuse
program, and repeated positive drug/ alcohol screens.
Enough is Enough
The actions of Bobby Reed and the profound
impact his crimes have had on both the Cahill family and society
are incomprehensible. David Cahill’s family, including
David’s two brothers and five sisters, will spend every
Christmas mourning the loss of David. The most joyous holiday
is forever destroyed for this family and there will be an everlasting
generational effect. The city of Columbus also lost a fine
police officer when David’s brother Rick had to quit
the Columbus Police Department to prevent his parents from
living in fear of losing another son to a bullet. The loss
our country suffered is likely profound. David would have gone
into the military after graduation. With his skills, intelligence,
and commitment to helping others there is no doubt many soldiers
lives would have been positively impacted had David been given
the opportunity to serve his country.
Bobby Reed has been provided many breaks
in the last 47 years. Too many. Had Reed not been released
in 1973 after serving only nine years of a 45-year sentence
David Cahill could very likely be alive today. Even after being
convicted of David’s murder Reed somehow managed to get
paroled THREE ADDITIONAL TIMES. Rather than take advantage
of his circumstances Reed committed serious parole violations,
spent almost a year on the run, and COMMITTED TWO MORE ROBBERIES.
It is time for The Ohio Parole Board to STOP releasing
murderer and repeat offender Bobby Reed. Reed is a career criminal
who helped commit one of the most senseless and brutal murders
in Columbus Ohio’s history. Placing Reed back on the
streets is the equivalent of playing Russian Roulette with
a loaded gun. Based on Reed’s initial crime of murdering
David Cahill, and the fact he has violated parole repeatedly,
and the fact he has committed two additional robberies it is
clear Bobby Reed needs to serve his maximum sentence of LIFE
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