Double murder suspect Vance Reed’s bail set at $1 million

Vance Reed in court
Vance Reed in court October 17, 2016 (Photo: WBAY)

APPLETON, Wis. (WBAY) – Bail was set at $1 million Monday for Vance Reed, the 19-year-old suspected of murdering an older couple in Oneida last month.

Reed is charged with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide.

Reed was arrested last Friday for the murders of Harry Brown Bear, 77, and his wife Lorraine, 67.

According to investigators, Reed said he was drinking since 3 o’clock in the afternoon at the Brown Bears’ home. Around 1 a.m. Lorraine went to bed. It was after that that Reed got into an argument with Harry and slit his throat, then he stabbed Lorraine when she came out of the bedroom.

Police believe the Brown Bears were murdered on or around September 7, but police didn’t find their bodies until September 14 after being asked to check on the couple’s welfare when they hadn’t been seen during their normal routines.

The criminal complaint says blood was found on a butcher knife next to Harry’s body and on an empty gun holster found on a bed that was from a male but not Harry’s.

Police took DNA swabs from neighbors and witnesses, and on October 14 the State Crime Lab said a swab from Reed matched the blood stains from the crime scene.

They say Reed admitted to the crimes and told investigators where to find the stolen gun in his home.

Outagamie County Deputy District Attorney Melinda Tempelis said, “It was an extremely gruesome scene.  It was an extremely violent scene.  And from that, both parties had multiple stab wounds.”

The court determined Reed doesn’t qualify for a public defender.

He’s scheduled to be back in court on Thursday, Oct. 20.