A shocking cellphone video allegedly recorded by Aisling Tucker Moore Reed during her uncle’s slaying will keep her in Jackson County Jail until her trial.
Reed, 29, who blogged, wrote books and reported for the Grants Pass Daily Courier under the name Tucker Reed, was ordered held without bail Friday in the July 26, 2016, shooting of her uncle, Shane Patrick Moore, who Reed’s family claimed was a violent drug addict who had attacked her.
Prosecutors say Reed used an iPhone to record video of the altercation up to and including when she allegedly shot her uncle with a .38 revolver at her grandmother’s home.
The video begins when Shane Moore tries to get his mother, Lore Moore, to sign over part of her property with a notary present. The family had been embroiled in a bitter property dispute, and Reed had obtained a restraining order against her uncle after he allegedly attacked her the year before.
Reed and her mother, Kelly Moore, were at the house when Moore arrived.
In the video, Reed is alarmed at the sight of her uncle through French doors.
“He’s coming into the house goddammit,” she screams. “Get out!”
Less than 10 seconds later, there’s the sound of a gun being fired.
By then the video had become indecipherable, but the phone continued recording, picking up the sound of Reed becoming physically ill, wailing and sobbing in the bathroom.
Several minutes later, Kelly Moore tells her daughter that Shane Moore is still alive, but bleeding.
“He’s not dead?” Reed asks her mother, then shouts, “F---!”
Jackson County Circuit Judge Lisa Greif cited that quote as a key reason she ruled Reed should remain in jail pending her trial.
“That kind of nailed down the evidence for me,” Greif said, adding that a bail hearing isn’t the same as a trial, when a jury must decide guilt “beyond a reasonable doubt.” Greif said the threshold for keeping a murder suspect in jail is “highly probable to be true.”
After the shooting, at least four people, including Reed, performed CPR on Shane Moore while following a dispatcher’s instructions.
Friday’s hearing included roughly five hours of testimony and nearly 30 pieces of evidence from Jackson County District Attorney Beth Heckert and Reed’s court-appointed defense lawyer Zachary Light.
Light argued the cellphone video “corroborates my client’s statements,” and highlighted that Reed tried to save Shane Moore’s life with CPR.
The video took a year and a half to surface because the iPhone, which was seized as evidence, had been locked. Detectives returned the phone to the family, who unlocked it and provided it to Reed’s previous defense attorney. That attorney shared it with prosecutors in early 2018.
Using testimony from Jackson County Sheriff’s Office detectives Gabe Burchfiel and David Seese, Heckert argued that the recording had been hidden from investigators.
The detectives testified they were told Kelly Moore and Reed didn’t own cellphones. The iPhone they found had been placed along the far edge of a hutch drawer located close to the downstairs bathroom where Reed vomited after the shooting.
Detectives said Shane Moore had called 911 dispatchers earlier that day, asking for a sheriff’s deputy to be present about 2 p.m., when a mobile notary was scheduled to come to the home to sign what he described as a “50-50 deed” in the property dispute between him and his sister, Kelly Moore.
“Her kid fired off a gun here this morning,” Shane Moore was recorded telling the dispatcher. “I don’t want any trouble.”
At 3:41 p.m., the notary called 911 reporting that a man had been shot in the chest and was bleeding out.
A previously unexplained “shocking document” that Reed said detectives surprised her with during questioning the night of the shooting was revealed to be a dispatch log showing shots had been reported fired at the property that day, according to the testimony of Medford police detective Tony Young, who assisted in the investigation.
Kelly Moore testified that her brother was addicted to meth and made persistent death threats during the 10 months leading up the shooting. Kelly described a domestic violence altercation in September 2015, in which Shane threw an oil can at her daughter through an antique screen door, which knocked her daughter to the ground.
“She fell like a sack of potatoes,” Kelly Moore testified.
Heckert later asked Kelly Moore why Jacksonville police reports showed no record of threats. Kelly Moore testified that police hadn’t taken “a lot of time” with the case, but that her daughter feared her uncle after the altercation and took his threats seriously.
Greif ultimately sided with prosecutors, saying the inconsistencies she cited in her ruling went beyond a prosecutor’s “preponderance of evidence.”
“You have to look at all things as a whole,” Greif said. “I agree there are inconsistencies.”
Reed began sobbing and muttering as Greif continued. Greif warned Reed she would order her removed from the courtroom if she didn’t calm down.
“Please do,” Reed said midway through Greif’s ruling. “I think I’m going to pass out. I think I’m going to throw up.”
A courtroom sheriff’s deputy escorted her to another room. The sound of her cries could be heard behind the closed door. Her wails moved her mother and grandmother to tears as they filed out of the courtroom.
An expected two-week trial on Reed’s charges of murder and first- and second-degree manslaughter is scheduled for May 13.