Gospel singer crying the blues over arrest
BRIDGEPORT - Doraine Reed was singing the blues Thursday afternoon after a judge ordered held in lieu of $200,000 bond on domestic violence charges.
“I have had unfair treatment, I’m asking the court for justice because I am innocent,” the gospel singer told Superior Court Judge Tracy Lee Dayton.
“My concern is for the safety of the victim and I am comfortable I am setting the proper bond,” Dayton retorted.
The 60-year-old Reed, of Evergreen Street, was awaiting the start of jury selection for her trial for allegedly helping a former Stratford pastor fleece members of his flock when she was handcuffed in the courtroom Wednesday by judicial marshals after being arrested on two outstanding warrants.
She was charged in the warrants with violating prior protective orders, second-degree threatening and second-degree harassment.
She is accused of among other things of sending a video message to her former girlfriend telling her she is going to have the victim killed and her apartment burned down.
“This is an angry ex-lover and she is manipulating the system to destroy me and I’m just asking the court for justice,” Reed told the judge.
Reed is charged with first-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit first-degree larceny in the pending trial.
Police said Reed and Robert Genevicz, the former pastor of the Stratford Baptist Church, conspired to steal nearly $400,000 from a 71-year-old retired Stratford school teacher and an 88-year-old Trumbull man. They allegedly used some of the money to buy each other luxury autos -- a white Mercedes roadster for him, a black Mercedes sedan for her.
However, after their arrests Genevicz claimed Reed was a Lolita who seduced him into committing the crimes.
Genevicz, 67, later pleaded to two counts of first-degree larceny and one count of conspiracy to commit first-degree larceny. He faces up to 60 years and $45,000 in fines.