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OFFICIAL ENDS PROBE OF CLAIMS OF HARASSMENT

Cattaraugus County District Attorney Michael P. Nevins has ended an investigation into alleged harassment of a juror in the recent trial of John Reynolds, who was convicted of manslaughter in the Kevin King beating death.

No charges will be filed in connection with the alleged incident, he said.

The investigation arose from reports that one of the jurors was harassed by a man as she entered her car in the parking lot outside the County Center on Sept. 17 shortly after the jury had found Reynolds guilty of second-degree manslaughter.

"She's been through enough as a juror and wants to return to a normal life," Nevins said of the woman, whom he interviewed.

Nevins said deputies from the Sheriff's Department -- who provide court security -- questioned each of the other jurors.

"The victim does not wish to have the case prosecuted," Nevins said. "She said she does not feel intimidated and desires to return to her pretrial state of anonymity."

At least three people -- whom Nevins would not name -- were considered for possible charges, including criminal contempt and harassment.

Sheriff's deputies said they stopped Cory Shea, 28, of Florida, for questioning as he was leaving the parking lot in his car. The deputies then interviewed other people who were in the parking lot and may have witnessed the conversation with the juror.

Shea and Brian Mooney, 23, of Olean, were present at the County Center to hear the verdict in the trial of their friend Reynolds, 25, of Portville. All three left the building together after the jury convicted Reynolds in the Oct. 23, 1994, slaying of King, 27, of Olean outside an Olean pizzeria.

Shea and Mooney pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide in the King slaying and will be sentenced Nov. 3, along with Reynolds and five other codefendants who pleaded guilty.

Of the eight defendants indicted on murder charges in the case, only Reynolds went to trial. All the defendants are free on bail.

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