Scary moment Collin Reeves breaks down while being interrogated after murdering neighbors
On Friday, Collin Reeves was found guilty of murder in Bristol Crown Court after killing Jennifer and Stephen Chapple over a parking dispute on November 21 last year
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A chilling video of police interviewing Collin Reeves shows the former soldier collapsing when questioned about the murder of his two neighbors.
Reeves, 35, was found guilty of murder at Bristol Crown Court on Friday after killing Jennifer and Stephen Chapple at Norton Fitzwarren, near Taunton in Somerset on November 21 last year.
Reeves and his family lived next door to the Chapples in a new development. The households had feuded over parking in May 2021, and there had been a number of angry altercations between them prior to the Reeves double murder.
A new video released by police shows a largely unresponsive Reeves sitting in a chair with his arms folded while he is being questioned by police.
One officer, who is out of shot, told Reeves: “First, I just have to ask you, when you were arrested and taken into custody, when you were taken into custody here, you said to the custody nurse, ‘I shouldn’t have done it, I ruined her and my life.
“Can I just confirm that you said that?”
With a tiny shake of his head, Reeves quietly replied, “No comment.”
The officer continued: “And what did you mean by that?”
Reeves then shakes his head again and mumbles something unintelligible.
The officer then said: “Okay Collin, tell me in as much detail as you can what happened yesterday in Dragon Rise that resulted in the deaths of Jennifer and Stephen Chapple.
“Explain to me exactly what happened in Dragon Rise.”
Reeves seems to shake his head slightly again, but doesn’t answer the officer’s question.
A few seconds later, the officer asks, “Did you kill Jennifer and Stephen Chapple?”
Reeves then sniffles as he unclips his arms from his torso to rest his head in his hands.
When he then put his hands in front of his face, he said more clearly: “No comment”.
The officer pressed, “How were you involved in her death?” but Reeves doesn’t respond, just shakes his head in his hands as he sits doubled over.
The release of the footage comes just hours after a jury at Bristol Crown Court found Reeves guilty of double murder.
Reeves had stabbed and killed couple Jennifer, 33, and Stephen, 36, just 40 minutes after his wife Kayley asked for a trial separation.
He accepted that he had stabbed Mr and Mrs Chapple, but denied murder and pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of manslaughter due to diminished responsibility.
Following the verdict, the couple’s family issued a statement saying “no verdict” could bring back the “beautiful” Jennifer and Stephen.
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“If anything, these past ten days have extended us to find out how Jennifer and Stephen spent their final moments,” it said.
It went on to recognize the support they had received from their friends and family, as well as support from friends of the couple – showing “how loved they both were”.
“We ask now that we can process this in our own way so that we can grieve properly and move forward as best we can.”
“We will now focus on Jennifer and Stephen’s beautiful boys as they help them live the life Jennifer and Stephen wished for them,” the statement said.
The Afghan veteran, who served in the Royal Engineers and completed grueling commando training, used the ceremonial dagger he was given when he left the army.
Forensic psychiatrist Dr. Lucy Bacon, who examined Reeves on behalf of the defense team, concluded he had been suffering from moderate depression at the time, but said he had no symptoms consistent with acute post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
She added, “From my perspective, it didn’t meet the diminished responsibility criteria, but that’s my perspective and that’s a jury decision.”
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During the trial, Reeves testified to the jury: “I am ashamed – disgusted with myself for what I have done. For the pain and suffering I’ve caused.
“The two boys will never see their mum and dad again because of me. I can’t understand why I did that.”
Reeves claimed amnesia as he sat crying on the stairs with the dagger in a frame “at the bottom of the stairs” until he was back in his own living room with his “screaming wife”.
The trial revealed that Reeves had joined the Army in 2006 and eventually completed the command course.
His 11-year military career included a tour of Afghanistan, and his wife Kayley told the trial he had never been the same since returning from the war zone.
He will be sentenced in the same court on Tuesday morning.
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