Jacob Lane

Jacob Lane, 24, pleaded not guilty for the murder of Justin Reeder at his arraignment on Wednesday at the Boyd County Circuit Court. Rachel Adkins | The Daily Independent

CATLETTSBURG Jacob Lane pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Wednesday morning for the murder of 21-year-old Justin Reeder.

Boyd County Circuit Judge Gerald B. Reams set Lane’s pre-trial date at the Boyd County Circuit Court for next Wednesday evening.

Lane, 24, of Franklin-Furnace, Ohio, admitted to the Ashland Police Department in a recent interview to killing Reeder on Oct. 16 around 7:30 p.m. by shooting him in the head. The incident occurred across from the 1100 block area of 29th Street.

He also told officers where Reeder’s body was located, leading them along County Road 218 / Tunnel Ridge Road behind Rock Hill High School where the body was found on Monday in a pile of logs and brush.

Lawrence County Sheriff Jeff Lawless estimated he had been dead for about a week.

Lane was already booked at the Boyd County Detention Center when he was charged for murder.

He was arrested on Friday for second-degree burglary after Reeder’s parents reported that Lane had broken into their home on Central Avenue in an effort to steal money and narcotics.

Reams said Lane’s bond remains at $100,000 cash.

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