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Tucker Reed

Niece re-arrested, this time on murder charge

A Jacksonville woman who’d been out on bail for the past two years on manslaughter charges in the shooting of her uncle is back behind bars — this time on a charge of murder.

Aisling Tucker Moore Reed, 28, faces a new charge of murder atop felony counts of first- and second- degree manslaughter in the July 26, 2016, shooting death of her uncle, Shane Patrick Moore, at a rural property outside Ruch belonging to her grandmother. Her family has claimed the shooting was in self-defense.

Moore Reed, who’s authored three books, written for magazines such as Cosmopolitan and reported for the Grants Pass Daily Courier under the name Tucker Reed, was arraigned Wednesday afternoon in Jackson County Circuit Court on the new murder charge.

She remains held without bail in the Jackson County Jail, where she was booked Tuesday, according to jail records.

Records show that Moore Reed’s charges all reference the same 2016 Jackson County Circuit Court case number in the shooting death of her 63-year-old maternal uncle; but the case had been sealed from public view in court records until Jackson County sheriff’s deputies could serve Moore Reed with the murder warrant, according to Deputy District Attorney Marco Boccato, who is prosecuting the case with District Attorney Beth Heckert.

The new murder charge means a 10-day trial previously scheduled for later this month has been called off, Boccato said. A pretrial conference in the case has been set for mid-November.

A grand jury indicted Moore Reed on a murder charge Aug. 29 based on “some new evidence” that surfaced over the past couple of months, according to Boccato.

Defendants charged with murder, aggravated murder or treason are not allowed release “when the proof is evident or the presumption strong that the person is guilty,” according to Oregon law.

Boccato said he anticipates Moore Reed’s lawyer to challenge that presumption of guilt and argue for her release.

Moore Reed’s mother, Kelly Moore, has stated in earlier news reports that her daughter had been acting in defense of herself, her mother and her grandmother the night of the shooting, which occurred at the home of Moore’s mother, Lore Moore.

Shane Moore had been living in a trailer on the property belonging to Lore Moore, located at 7200 block of Thompson Creek road, near the Josephine County border.

Shortly after Moore Reed’s arrest, Kelly Moore said that her brother had begun “beating me up” as she and her daughter struggled to push Shane Moore out of Lore Moore’s front door and lock it.

Kelly Moore also has stated that her brother’s name was “Sinjin Moore,” but the name is not used in Oregon court records.

Earlier this summer, Moore Reed filed a lawsuit seeking economic damages against Medford police and Jackson County sheriff’s detectives. She claimed she’d been malnourished and experiencing withdrawal symptoms from “potent prescription medication” in the hours of police questioning that followed the shooting.

The civil suit, which has since been dismissed in U.S. District Court in Medford, claimed that Shane Moore had made death threats against Kelly Moore and Moore Reed “on four occasions that day,” and that toxicology tests showed Shane Moore had methamphetamine in his system when he died.

Shane Moore had a prior methamphetamine possession conviction from 2004, and a string of misdemeanor cases that included a pending domestic violence case against Moore Reed.

Moore Reed’s lawsuit also claimed detectives showed her an “inflammatory and shocking document” and asked her to explain it. The complaint didn’t describe the document further, nor did it explain why it compelled her to talk.

Reach Mail Tribune reporter Nick Morgan at 541-776-4471 or nmorgan@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter at @MTCrimeBeat.

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