Dennis Reed, Pennsylvania


July 9, 2020

Dennis Reed is no longer listed as a death row inmate on Pennsylvania's Department of Corrections online list of death row inmates.

Update: Monday, January 5, 2015, 4:45 pm EST

Dennis C. Reed's execution was scheduled for 7 pm EST, on Thursday, January 15, 2014, at the State Correctional Institute Rockview, in Rockview, Pennsylvania. Dennis was granted a stay of execution. Forty-three-year-old Dennis is convicted of murdering Wendy Miller, his girlfriend, on February 1, 2008, in New Castle, Pennsylvania. Dennis has spent the last three years on Pennsylvania’s death row.

In 2001, Dennis Reed and his girlfriends, Wendy Miller moved into an apartment together, along with their 12-year-old son and Wendy’s three other children. The relationship soured and Wendy applied for a Protection From Abuse Order against Reed. However, on December 16, 2001, Reed showed up at the house where he forced Wendy and her children into her SUV. Reed and Wendy’s son was staying with another family member at that time.


Reed had them drive to a local housing project, where Reed and Wendy exited the vehicle. Reed was witnessed sliding a pistol-grip shotgun into his pants. Reed returned to the vehicle alone approximately 20 minutes later. When the children asked about their mother, Reed told them that their aunt had driven her to work.


For the next week, Reed and the children essentially lived out the SUV, until police located the vehicle. Wendy’s family had reported to the police that she, her children, and the vehicle as missing. Inside the vehicle, police located a shotgun with a spent casing and several live rounds. There was also drugs and clothing was recovered from Reed which was stained with Wendy’s blood.


Wendy’s body was eventually found December 23, 2001, in a desolated and secluded area of the woods. She had been shot with a shotgun in the head at close range.


Reed claims he was drunk or high when he kidnapped the children and their mother. Reed also said he did not remember the murder.


This is Dennis Reed’s second execution warrant. Dennis was granted of stay of execution of by the Lawrence County Court of Common Pleas.


Please pray for peace and healing for the family of Wendy Miller. Please pray for strength for the family Dennis. Please pray that if Dennis is innocent, the truth will be revealed before he is executed. Please pray that Dennis will come to find peace through personal relationship with Jesus Christ, if he has not already.


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