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Delhi man will stand trial for fathers murder
Jason Reed

A Delhi man standing accused of killing his father on New Year’s Day 2013, had his formal arraignment postponed for two weeks.

Jason Reed, 36, is charged with murder for the death of his father, J.D. Reed, 67, who was found shot to death in his Delhi home in the 9000 block of Sycamore Street on Jan. 1, 2013. Investigators claim Reed shot his father three times, with one bullet striking his heart.

Reed, who lived with his father at the Delhi residence, was missing from the home at the time the discovery was made. He was apprehended days later at a truck stop in Lodi.

During the investigation family members said Reed had been showing signs of schizophrenia-like behavior prior to the shooting.

Reed had been committed to the Napa State Hospital after two court-appointed psychologists testified he would not be able to aid in his own defense. Since then he has been found competent enough to stand trial, especially after a report from the hospital stated his behavior was more in line with methamphetamine use.

A preliminary hearing for Reed was held in June and a judge ruled there was enough cause to hold him over for trial on the murder charge. His arraignment has been rescheduled for July 31 in Merced County Superior Court.