FARGO — A Moorhead man accused of killing two co-workers, including one who was pregnant, plans to take his case to trial.
Anthony Reese Jr., 36, was scheduled to change his plea Monday, Oct. 31, in Cass County District Court in connection with the deaths of Richard Pittman, 43, April Carbone, 32, and Carbone’s unborn child. Laila. He had earlier pleaded not guilty to three counts of murder, including the rare charge of killing a fetus.
Reese’s defense told Judge Wade Webb that their client wanted to go to trial. Attorney Nicole Bredahl said she could not comment on why he changed his mind, but she told the forum that prosecutors and the defense had not reached an agreement on a sentencing recommendation.
Reese is accused of fatally shooting Pittman and Carbone on Nov. 17 at Mellett Plastics, also known as Composite America, in Fargo. He worked with the couple at a factory specializing in engineering plastics.
Reese and Pittman got into an argument while fixing machinery, and Reese was later fired, a co-worker said.
Reese left, but returned a short time later with a gun, according to the criminal complaint. He caused another fight before shooting Pittman multiple times, the complaint said. He then turned the gun on Carbone and shot her several times as she ran away, according to the complaint.
Carbone was eight months pregnant and dating Pittman at the time of the shooting, according to court documents.
Reese, who turned himself into police after the shooting, has been in jail ever since.
A trial had not been scheduled as of Monday, but Reese’s next hearing is Wednesday, Nov. 23.