He had been jailed on February 12th on a felony charge of theft by deception in connection with the January 23rd scam he pulled on the victims, James and Myra Reeves; according to warrants, Abbott received $7,500 from Myra Reeves, after she agreed to have him perform tree work at the residence. He reportedly took the money for labor and equipment – but in truth, he never had any intention of actually doing the job at all.
The bodies of 71 year old Myra Reeves and 69 year old James Reeves were found later that same day (January 23rd) – both having died of gunshot wounds.
At the time of his arrest on the murder charges he had been out on bail after posting a bond of $22,000 in connection with the swindle.
Authorities state that they are not releasing any additional evidence at this time in order to “ensure the successful prosecution of this case in court.”