Delhi man accused of killing his father is in jail

Delhi murder suspect 35-year-old Jason Curtis Reed (Merced County Sheriff's Office)

January 4, 2013 12:28:37 AM PST
A man accused of murdering his father in Merced County is now in jail.

Sheriff's deputies and CHP officers tracked down Jason Curtis Reed at a truck stop in the Lodi area Thursday afternoon. They surrounded the 35-year-old's car and convinced him to surrender.

Reed is accused of killing his father, JD Reed, at the Delhi home where they lived together. The victim's daughter found his body in bed on New Year's morning.

Investigators say the 67-year-old was shot to death. Detectives went to the home and discovered the victim's son was nowhere to be found. They say Jason Reed later contacted family members in the Sacramento area, who then called the sheriff's office.

Sheriff Mark Pazin said, "Obviously something went horribly wrong, Jason Reed himself evidently had some issue, and we believe he shot and killed his father while he lay asleep."

Investigators say the exact motive is not clear at this point.