Judge denies lawsuit by Oregon woman charged in shooting
Aug. 06, 2018
MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — A civil rights lawsuit where a Jacksonville woman claimed she was "trapped into answering questions" regarding her uncle's shooting death has been denied.
Aisling "Tucker" Moore Reed, 27, is facing manslaughter charges in her uncle Shane Patrick Moore's July 2016 death, the Mail Tribune reported Monday.
Moore Reed has pleaded not guilty.
In a complaint filed late last month, Moore Reed said that she was sleep-deprived, malnourished and suffering from withdrawals from a potent prescription medication while being questioned by Medford police and Jackson County sheriff's detectives following the shooting.
She initially told detectives that she was physically and mentally unfit to answer their questions.
Moore Reed said in the lawsuit that she was pressured to make a statement after authorities showed her "an inflammatory and shocking document" and demanded an explanation. She didn't elaborate on what the document contained.
The complaint, filed without the formal aid of a lawyer, seeks "economic damages not to exceed $50,000."
U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark D. Clarke denied the complaint Tuesday, but gave Moore 30 days to refile. He advised she do it with the help of a defense lawyer.
"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.
Moore Reed is best known as a blogger, author, and one-time reporter at the Grants Pass Daily Courier.
Her mother, Kelly Moore, has said the shooting was in self-defense.
Shane Moore hit Kelly Moore and made threats toward her and her daughter, Kelly Moore told the Medford paper soon after the shooting.
Moore Reed's 10-day trial is scheduled for Sept. 10 in the Jackson County Circuit Court.
Information from: Mail Tribune, http://www.mailtribune.com/