Jury selected for Samuel Reager trial

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The jury in the trial of an alleged shooter of a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officer was selected Monday afternoon.

Eight jurors were selected with two serving as alternates in the Samuel Reager trial.

The judge announced in court that the trial would begin Tuesday morning.

He said the trial would most likely take a majority of the week.

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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - February 4th, 2017
The jury trial for Sam Reager, the alleged shooter of an FWC officer in 2015, is scheduled for Monday.

Sam Reager's jury trial was previously scheduled for October, but was then postponed.

He is accused of shooting David Brady, an FWC officer, in August 2015 when the officer went to investigate a disturbance on a boat in St. Andrews Bay.

Reager faces multiple charges including attempted first-degree murder of a law enforcement officer.
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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - October 26th, 2017

The alleged shooter of a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Officer in 2015 won't get his day in court until next year.

Sam Reager's jury trial was set to begin Monday, but court records show his trial has now been postponed until early February 2018.

Reager is accused of shooting FWC Officer David Brady in August 2015 after Brady went to investigate a disturbance on a boat in St. Andrews Bay.

Reager faces multiple charges, including Attempted First-Degree Murder of a Law Enforcement Officer. If convicted, he's looking at a mandatory life sentence.
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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - January 6, 2017

Defense attorneys for Samuel Reager, the man accused of shooting Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Officer David Brady, entered motions to suppress evidence in Reager's upcoming trial.

His attorneys claim that he was coerced into giving statements in a television interview with WMBB in August 2015 violating his Miranda rights. They also claim that evidence obtained from the sailboat they were on was illegally obtained, and no warrant for the search was issued.

According to the prosecution, Reager willingly submitted to the interview, and the boat was searched with the permission of the owner of record.

The defense has 14 days to respond to the state's arguments.

Reager is scheduled for another pretrial hearing on February 16th.
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BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - October 28, 2016

The man accused of shooting a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Officer was in court Friday.

Samuel Reager was arrested in connection to the shooting of FWC Officer David Brady in August 2015. The shooting took place when Brady was sent to investigate a disturbance on a boat in St. Andrews Bay.

Reager's defense attorney tried to get evidence suppressed as well as remove some language from one of his counts, saying Officer Brady just suffered bruises on his chest and a graze on his shoulder, and wasn't seriously injured.

The motion hearing was continued to January 5th.
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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - September 15, 2016

The man accused of shooting a Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission officer faces seven felony charges.

Samuel Reager was back in court Thursday in connection with the shooting of FWC officer David Brady in August 2015. Reager's attorney presented motions to suppress certain pieces of evidence that he claimed were prejudicial to his client's case.

The alleged shooting took place when Brady was sent to investigate a disturbance on a boat in St. Andrew Bay. Reager's accomplice, Lachlan Akins, cut a plea deal with the state and has agreed to testify against Reager.

Reager's next court date is set for October 28th.
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PANAMA CITY, Fla--(WJHG/WECP) January 7, 2016

Exactly five months after the crime allegedly happened, the man accused of shooting a state wildlife officer finally has a trial date.

The trial is set for June 13th 2016.

Samuel Reager is accused shooting of Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Officer David Brady on Friday August 7, 2015, after Brady went to investigate a disturbance on a boat in St. Andrew Bay.

According to investigators Brady was shot twice by Reager, once in the abdomen and once in his collar bone. Brady returned fire while treading water.

Reager and his accomplice, Lachlan Akins, then stole Brady's FWC boat and ditched it 100 yards off the coast of the Cove area of Panama City before taking off. The ensuing manhunt for Reager and Akins involved virtually every law enforcement agency in Bay County and shut down the Cove area for more than two hours.

Akins took a plea deal last year in exchange for his testimony against Reager. If convicted as charged, Reager is looking at a mandatory life sentence in state prison.

Brady, who has recovered from his injuries and is back on patrol, was given the Award of Valor, a Purple Heart and the Officer's Survival Badge by FWC on November 18th. The Officer's Survival Badge was an award created especially for Brady.