Trial set in murder, concealed body case
by W. Winston Skinner
The murder trial for Rodolfo Chacon Reyes is set for November in Coweta Superior Court.
Reyes was among those indicted recently by a Coweta County grand jury meeting for the September term of Coweta Superior Court. Assistant District Attorney Kevin McMurry said Reyes was reindicted — with the murder charge upgraded to malice murder.
Reyes is also charged with felony murder, aggravated assault, concealing the death of another and theft by receiving stolen property.
Superior Court Judge Bill Hamrick has set Reyes’ trial for Nov. 8.
Reyes, 33, was arrested after the badly decomposing body of a female was discovered in late 2012 at 102 East Wood St., in the East Newnan community. Reyes and his girlfriend, 27-year-old Tasha Lynn Buchan, lived at the residence in East Newnan.
Reyes was initially charged with battery, until the remains were positively identified as being Buchan’s.
Reyes “called about the body," Lt. Colonel James Yarbrough of the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office said when the crime occurred. "She had been dead for days.”
Buchan was buried Nov. 30, 2012, in Fairburn, Ga.