Delhi man to stand trial in father’s death

06/19/2014 8:08 PM

06/19/2014 8:09 PM

A Delhi man charged with killing his father in 2013 was ordered to stand trial Thursday in Merced Superior Court.

Jason C. Reed, 36, has pleaded not guilty to a single count of murder in connection with the Jan. 1, 2013, death of his 67-year-old father, J.D. Reed.

Judge Mark V. Bacciarini ordered Reed to stand trial following a preliminary hearing, according to Reed’s attorney, Vincent Andrade, Merced County interim public defender.

Merced County sheriff’s Detectives Eric Macias and Mike Ruiz testified Thursday during the hearing.

If convicted, Reed faces a maximum sentence of 50 years to life in prison, according to Travis Colby, the Merced County deputy district attorney prosecuting the case.

Reed was arrested at a truck stop in Lodi a few days after his father’s death.

The victim was found shot to death on his bed at home in the 9000 block of Sycamore Street in Delhi. He 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 victim suffered from numerous medical conditions and was described as frail in reports from the Merced County Sheriff’s Department.

Reed was deemed unfit to stand trial in March 2013 and criminal proceedings were suspended. He was sent to Napa State Hospital for treatment where he remained until November, when he was deemed competent for trial, according to court reports.

A report from the hospital suggested that Reed may be “feigning his psychiatric and cognitive symptoms,” saying much of Reed’s behavior was more consistent with methamphetamine use.

Reed is scheduled to return to court July 17 for arraignment.

He remains in custody at the John Latorraca Correctional Facility in Merced County in lieu of $1.4 million bail.

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