Cycle Gear shooter cleared of criminal charges

Publish Date: 
Mar 10, 2014

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. – The man accused of murder in a 2013 parking lot shootout at a Cycle Gear store has been cleared of criminal wrongdoing, thanks to the state’s Stand Your Ground Act.

A Charleston circuit court judge ruled March 7 that Ronald Reid, 43, was acting in self defense when he shot and killed 41-year-old Maurice Horry last June 29, according to WCSC. Reid was initially charged with first-degree murder in the case. 

Court documents state testimony proved Reid was "justified in believing that he was in imminent danger of his life," at the time of the fatal shooting. "Under the Stand Your Ground Act, [Reid] had no duty to retreat and was justified in returning force with force."

North Charleston Police Department investigators say Reid, who has a concealed weapons permit, shot and killed Horry outside the shop during a fracas between two rival motorcycle clubs, the Columbia-based Real Kingz and the Wheels of Soul.

Posted by Holly Wagner