John Reed (left), charged in the murders of Monique Patenaude and Patrick Shunn, listens to opening statements during his trial at the Snohomish County Courthouse on May 10 in Everett. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

John Reed (left), charged in the murders of Monique Patenaude and Patrick Shunn, listens to opening statements during his trial at the Snohomish County Courthouse on May 10 in Everett. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Accused killer set to testify Friday in Oso murder trial

John Reed is charged in the deaths of married couple Monique Patenaude and Patrick Shunn of Oso.

EVERETT — Defendant John Reed is scheduled to testify Friday in a trial where he is accused of murdering his neighbors near Oso.

Reed is charged in the deaths of married couple Monique Patenaude and Patrick Shunn amid a property dispute in April 2016.

Snohomish County prosecutors rested their case Thursday afternoon.

Reed, 55, is expected to testify to his claim of self-defense. His defense attorney, Phil Sayles, planned to call him to the stand Friday morning.

Reed had taken a federal land buyout in 2016, two years after the Oso mudslide damaged his property. His neighbors owned an easement road that led to his home. They had reported him for trespassing.

Over the past two days, experts for the prosecution have described how detectives used cell phone data to track the movements of the couple, along with John Reed and his brother, Tony Reed, who admitted to helping hide the bodies.

Tony Reed later pleaded guilty to rendering criminal assistance. This week, he testified for hours about how his brother asked him to make the drive from Ellensburg to north Snohomish County to assist in burying the couple along a logging road.

Patenaude was 46. Shunn was 45.

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