Quaneysha Greeley FILE PHOTO

Murder trial set to move forward



MACHIAS — Following months of waiting, the case against Quaneysha Greeley and Carine Reeves — both indicted and charged with killing Sally Shaw in July — is set to move forward in the coming weeks.

On Jan. 23, the judge will hold a telephone update with Greeley and her lawyers. One of the issues they’ll discuss is Reeves’ extradition status. When he is transported to Maine, the trial can proceed.

A representative of the Maine Attorney General’s Office declined to comment on the case, citing a policy not to comment on active cases. A representative of the Washington County Court confirmed the Jan. 23 closed hearing.

The case has been on hold since Greeley and Reeves were listed as co-defendants. Reeves faces assault charges in New York City, where he’s been held since last summer. A clerk with the Queens County Criminal Court confirmed Reeves has been the subject of five hearings in that matter, and has a tentative extradition date of March 5 to be sent to Maine.

Greeley has been in jail since her arrest in late July. In August, she was denied bail; in September, she and Reeves were indicted for murder. The trial hasn’t moved forward since then.

Melissa O’Neal, executive assistant to Attorney General Janet Mills, said in a statement that “there is no statute in Maine that deals with a right to a speedy trial.” That issue is governed by previously established precedents, she said.

On July 19, the body of 55-year-old Shaw, of New Gloucester, was found on the side of the road after she was shot in the head. Police have argued in an affidavit that Reeves was dating Shaw, and that she was helping him sell drugs in northern Maine. The affidavit alleges that Greeley assisted in their scheme, and was with both Reeves and Shaw in the days before the murder.

Jack Dodson
Jack Dodson began working for The Ellsworth American in mid-2017, and covers eastern Hancock and western Washington counties. He grew up in the Mid-coast region before living in New York City for five years, where he freelanced in documentary filmmaking and journalism. He is particularly interested in criminal justice, environment and immigration reporting.

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