Suspect in Lexington woman's death will not fight extradition from Ohio

gkocher1@herald-leader.comApril 2, 2013 

A man arrested in Ohio will not fight extradition to Kentucky to face a murder charge in the death of Lexington resident Quantina Reed, officials said.

Jeffrey Jackson, 34, is accused of shooting Reed, 34, to death at her house on Scottsdale Circle. Reed was found shot in the head in the garage of her home in the early morning of March 27.

A U.S. Marshals Task Force, acting on a warrant issued by Lexington police, arrested Jackson later that day in a parking lot in Dayton, Ohio. Jackson, who was being held in a jail in Montgomery County, Ohio, waived extradition Monday, according to a court official there.

Jackson will be transported to Lexington at an undisclosed time, Fayette County Sheriff Kathy Witt said.

"We don't ever release our transportation arrangements in advance just for the safety of the officer," Witt said Tuesday. She said her office would issue a news release once Jackson is inside the Fayette jail. "It's a good policy that has worked well for us," she said.

Reed worked in the environmental services department at Baptist Health Lexington, formerly known as Central Baptist Hospital, since 2002.

Her body was found after a friend called 911 at 4:09 a.m. The friend was concerned that Reed could be hurt inside the home. Firefighter-paramedics forced their way in and found Reed.

When police arrived at Scottsdale Circle, they quickly identified a suspect and determined that he had fled Lexington. That's when investigators contacted other law enforcement agencies.

The day before Reed was shot, Jackson asked her father for his blessing to marry Reed, her family said.

The family said Jackson had driven Reed's Chrysler 300 to Dayton.

Reed's death was the third homicide in Lexington this year.

Greg Kocher: (859) 231-3305. Twitter: @HLpublicsafety.

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