Michelle Reynolds’ story to air on ‘Snapped’

Michelle Sullins Reynolds

The case of Richard Scott Harper and Michelle Sullins Reynolds, who both pleaded guilty in the death of Reynolds’ husband, Thad John Glenn Reynolds, has played out like a crime drama. The story is one filled with

murder, sex and betrayal. On Sunday the story will be told to a national audience on the Oxygen cable network’s crime show “Snapped.”

“Snapped” highlights female criminals, interviewing prosecutors, detectives, friends and family members associated with the cases highlighted.

Many local law enforcement officers, including Sheriff Tim Burkhalter, will be highlighted in Sunday’s episode.

“There are a lot of behind-the-scenes things in that case that we couldn’t talk about,” said Burk­halter. “There are a lot of things the public didn’t know.”

He feels the show will help answer a lot of questions in the community that previously went unanswered because of gag orders.

“This is a very interesting case, and it’s gone on for so long,” Burkhalter said.

The case began in 2004 when Reynolds and Harper became romantically involved with one another, carrying on an affair while attending the same church where Thad Reynolds was a deacon and Harper was a minister.

On July 5, 2004, Harper confronted and murdered Thad Reynolds at the Frito Lay distribution center on Calhoun Road. Both Harper and Reynolds were arrested soon afterward.

Harper pleaded guilty in October 2008 to murder, aggravated battery and possession of a weapon in the commission of a crime as part of a plea agreement to avoid the death penalty for both defendants in exchange for testimony against Reynolds.

He was sentenced on Jan. 13 of this year to life imprisonment without parole. Reynolds pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and party to the crime of burglary on the same date and was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

“People from all over the country ask about that case,” Burkhalter said.

Sunday’s episode premieres at 10 p.m. and will air several times on the cable station.


What: “Snapped” episode featuring Harper-Reynolds case

When: Sunday night, 10 p.m.

Where: Oxygen network, Comcast channel 123