A Delhi man charged with killing his father on New Year’s Day has been found competent to stand trial, according to a report from a state hospital filed in Merced County Superior Court.
Jason C. Reed, 36, is scheduled to appear in court again Thursday before Judge Mark V. Bacciarini.
Reed had been deemed unfit to stand trial in March and hospitalized. The report from a state psychiatrist earlier this month said Reed understands the nature of the charges against him, according to court documents.
He is charged with the shooting death of his 67-year-old father, J.D. Reed. He has pleaded not guilty to a murder charge and denied an enhancement for using a firearm, court records show.
The victim was found shot to death early Jan. 1 on his bed at home in the 9000 block of Sycamore Street in Delhi. The victim suffered from numerous medical conditions and was described in police reports as frail.
Jason Reed was arrested a few days later at a truck stop in Lodi. He made numerous statements to Merced County sheriff’s deputies and changed his story several times, investigators said. According to detectives, much of what Jason Reed said “did not make sense,” including statements that he had killed three wives and was “thousands of years old.”
He denied knowing how his father died.
J.D. Reed was shot three times and suffered entry wounds in his left shoulder, armpit and neck. Bullets pierced his heart, liver and stomach, according to investigators.
The report suggested that Reed may be “feigning his psychiatric and cognitive symptoms.” The report from Napa State Hospital indicated that much of Reed’s questionable behavior and statements are more consistent with methamphetamine use, according to Merced County Superior Court records.
He remains in custody at the John Latorraca Correctional Facility in Merced County in lieu of $1.3 million bail.