A Jacksonville woman facing manslaughter charges in the shooting death of her uncle has been denied a civil rights lawsuit alleging she was “trapped into answering questions” during a summer 2016 homicide investigation.
Aisling “Tucker” Moore Reed, 27, claims she was sleep-deprived, malnourished and “suffering withdrawal from potent prescription medication” in the hourslong questioning by Medford police and Jackson County sheriff’s detectives following the shooting death of Shane Patrick Moore on July 26, 2016, near Ruch, according to a complaint filed July 26 in U.S. District Court in Medford.
Moore Reed’s civil rights complaint, filed without the formal aid of a lawyer, seeks “economic damages not to exceed $50,000” and adds details into the death investigation of Shane Patrick Moore. Moore Reed’s complaint refers to Shane Moore using the name “Sinjin Moore,” but the name is not used in Oregon court records.
In a response filed Tuesday, U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Clarke wrote the complaint fails to mention the pending criminal case against her and whether her statements to police were incriminating. He granted her 30 days to refile. Clarke also advised, “The Court strongly urges Moore Reed to consult with her defense attorney before pursing this litigation any further.”
A 10-day trial is set for the week of Sept. 10 in Jackson County Circuit Court, where Moore Reed faces felony counts of first- and second-degree manslaughter in the shooting death of Shane Reed. Moore Reed’s mother, Kelly Moore, a former California civil lawyer who’s represented Anna Nicole Smith among others, said in earlier news reports that the shooting in the 7200 block of Thompson Creek Road was in self-defense.
Moore Reed, who has reported for the Grants Pass Daily Courier and blogged as a University of Southern California student under the name Tucker Reed, claimed in her complaint that her uncle “on four occasions that day menaced and threatened to kill Moore Reed and Kelly Moore,” and that Shane Moore had been physically assaulting Kelly Moore as she tried to prevent him from entering Moore Reed’s grandmother’s home. The two were struggling to close and lock the front door, she said.
Moore Reed’s complaint said toxicology reports showed Shane Moore had methamphetamine in his system at the time of death. Shane Moore’s criminal history shows he has a 2004 meth possession conviction, among other misdemeanors that included a pending domestic violence case against Moore Reed.
Moore Reed said the night of the investigation, she “had slept less than five hours total in the prior two days” because of her fear of Moore, “hadn’t eaten anything since the day before” and was “suffering withdrawal from a potent prescription medication that she had been unable to refill” while caring for her grandmother. She said she told the detectives she was “psychologically and mentally unfit to answer questions.”
After more than six hours being held for questioning, Moore Reed said she told detectives “some of the history” of Shane Moore’s past attacks and threats of violence.
While clarifying a portion of her statement, detectives “thrust an inflammatory and shocking document before her and demanded she ‘explain’ it,” Moore Reed said. Clarke noted that Moore Reed’s complaint is silent as to the nature of the “inflammatory and shocking” document, or how seeing it compelled her to make a statement.
Moore Reed said she was denied a request for a lawyer on at least two occasions over a six-hour period through the night, claiming her Sixth Amendment rights were violated. Clarke said the Sixth Amendment only applies after someone is formally charged in the court of law. Right to counsel and silence during a police interrogation is “more properly considered under the Fifth Amendment,” Clarke wrote, though her complaint as written lacks sufficient detail.
“In this case, the Complaint does not clearly allege that the statements Moore Reed made to the detectives were incriminating, nor is there any allegation that the statements were later used against her in a criminal proceeding,” Clarke wrote.