LANCASTER – After more than nine months of delays, the man accused of robbing and killing Lancaster business owner Reed Keith and the woman accused of driving the getaway car were finally arraigned Monday.
Timothy Johnson, 24, pleaded not guilty to one count of special circumstances murder, two counts of armed robbery, and one count of torture, while Jinea Ingram, 25, pleaded not guilty to one count of murder and two counts of armed robbery.
Authorities allege that around 4 p.m. on Friday, March 23, 2012, Johnson entered e-Chaps Computer Store on the corner of Avenue K and 20th Street West with the intent to rob the business.
Johnson is accused of shooting store owner Reed Keith multiple times before making off with several electronic devices and Keith’s wallet. The items were later recovered from Johnson’s mother’s home.
Authorities believe Johnson’s girlfriend, Ingram, drove the getaway car.
After an extensive manhunt, Johnson was arrested on March 24, 2012 in South Los Angeles. Ingram was arrested three days later.
Both were charged with the crimes on March 27, 2012, and are being tried together.
Their arraignments were delayed for several months and the criminal proceedings put on hold, as the court decided whether Johnson was mentally competent to stand trial.
In late November of 2012, Johnson was deemed fit for trial, and criminal proceedings resumed with an arraignment date set for Jan. 7, 2013.
After pleading not guilty to all charges Monday, Johnson and Ingram were ordered back to custody without bail.
Johnson and Ingram are due back in court on Jan. 28 for a preliminary hearing, where a judge will decide whether there is enough evidence for the case to go to trial.