Murder suspect charged, facing hearing in Morgan County

A Frederick, Md. man arrested and charged with first-degree murder in the death of a Morgan County man will appear in Morgan County Circuit Court for a preliminary hearing today, Wednesday, March 22.

The suspect, identified as Ian P. Grayson, 30, has been held without bond at Eastern Regional Jail since his arrest on March 14 in Jefferson County. He is charged with killing Geoffrey Thomas Reed, 75, of Berkeley Springs.

Upon his arrest, Grayson told police he shouldn’t be left alone with anyone because he would not be able to control himself, according to a criminal complaint filed in Morgan County Magistrate Court.

On Friday, March 10 at 2:15 p.m., Morgan County Sheriff’s officers arrived at a residence in the 200 block of Clear Spring Lane, off Pine Grove Road in southern Morgan County, to assist EMS with a death, according to the complaint filed by Lt. S.A. Place.

Police entered the home through a wooden door at the top of the steps, whereupon they observed a male subject lying face down in a pool of blood.  Officers described seeing blood in multiple places in the home.

On the first floor of the home, police observed blood on the floor in the living room and kitchen, broken glass, several chairs knocked over, cabinets open, and a broken lamp with blood on it.

Officers obtained a search warrant and found two Samsung cell phones at the residence. One contained Grayson’s social media account.

On Saturday, March 11, law enforcement officers searched a red Nissan Versa with Maryland plates parked at the residence of the victim. The vehicle was registered to Grayson.

A family member of the victim told police numerous bankcards were missing from Thomas Reed’s wallet. Reed’s 2014 Toyota Avalon was also missing from his driveway.

On Monday, March 13 at 3:25 p.m. someone tried to use Reed’s debit card at Roy’s Service Center in Berkeley Springs, police discovered.

Roy’s called police to say they had video of the transaction, which was declined due to an incorrect PIN. The video showed the suspect in the victim’s vehicle, and attempting to use Reed’s debit card.

Grayson was arrested by warrant in a parking lot in south Charles Town around 9 a.m. on Tuesday, March 14 when U.S. Marshalls detected Reed’s Toyota near a shopping center. Jefferson County’s Chief Deputy arrested Grayson without incident.