Gospel singer gets ruling from higher authority

September 18, 2017 GMT

HARTFORD - A Bridgeport gospel singer, who was convicted of threatening to go “Adam Lanza,” on a law firm following a billing dispute, has been ordered a new trial.

The state Appellate Court on Monday ruled that a judge should have told the jury it must consider the call, not the content of the call, when deciding whether Doraine Reed intended to commit second-degree harassment.

“Miss Reed continues to maintain her innocence and looks forward to a new trial,” said her lawyer, Assistant Public Defender Jared Millbrandt. “Regarding the court’s decision, credit to Jim Streeto at the Public Defender’s Appellate Unit.”

Reed is also awaiting trial for allegedly helping former Stratford pastor Robert Genevicz fleece elderly members of his flock, was convicted in Aug. 2014, of second-degree harassment and sentenced to 60 days in prison.

According evidence at trial, on March 6, 2013, Reed called a Bridgeport law firm regarding a billing dispute and told the secretary of the law firm she was going to go “Adam Lanza,” on the firm unless they treated her better.

Adam Lanza shot and killed 20 first-graders and six adults at Sandy Elementary School in Newtown, on Dec. 14, 2012, before shooting himself.

“The defendant requested and was entitled to a proper instruction on the law governing her speech as it pertained to the elements of harassment in the second degree. The jury did not receive such an instruction, and therefore could have been misled into finding the defendant guilty on the basis of her speech,” the appeals court ruled.