Ruch woman to claim self-defense in murder trial
A Southern Oregon woman who shot her maternal uncle and allegedly recorded the killing in the summer of 2016 will argue self defense, according to court documents filed in her murder case.
Aisling Tucker Moore Reed, 30, of Jacksonville, who has blogged, reported for the Grants Pass Daily Courier and written several books under the name “Tucker Reed,” will argue that the July 26, 2016, shooting of Shane Moore was justified because she was acting in self defense, the defense of third parties on the property, and to defend the premises, according to multiple filings made this week in Jackson County Circuit Court.
Under Oregon law, a person is only justified in using deadly force if they reasonably believe that the other person is threatening to physically harm another person, is in the act of attempting to burglarize a home or is about to use physical force, according to statutes cited by Reed’s defense lawyer Larry Roloff.
Reed’s story made national news earlier this year after it was reported that Reed appeared in the lead role of a locally produced horror film titled “From the Dark” while she was out on bail on manslaughter charges, using the stage name “Wyn Reed.” The thriller reportedly included a scene where Reed fires a gun, according to earlier news reports. The film has not been released.
Reed is an Ashland High School and University of Southern California graduate who has written three books.
Reed’s family has claimed that Moore was a violent drug addict who had previously attacked her, and that Reed had obtained a restraining order against him after an alleged attack the year before.
Shane Moore and Reed’s mother, Kelly Moore, had been involved in a bitter property dispute surrounding property on Thompson Creek Road belonging to their mother and Reed’s grandmother, Lore Moore.
On the day of the killing, Shane Moore reportedly attempted to have Lore Moore sign over a portion of the property by calling in a mobile notary to the property, according to an iPhone video that surfaced during the investigation.
Reed was originally arrested on manslaughter charges after the shooting and released on bail, but she was arrested on a murder charge in August 2018 after the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office obtained a copy of the video during the evidence discovery process.
A two-week jury trial is scheduled to start May 4. A trial readiness hearing is scheduled for March 23.
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