Hearing postponed in Reed Keith murder case

Timothy Johnson and Jinea Ingram. (LASD Booking photos)

Timothy Johnson and Jinea Ingram. (LASD Booking photos)

LANCASTER – A preliminary hearing for the pair charged with robbing and murdering a Lancaster store owner last year was scheduled to happen Monday, but attorneys on both sides agreed to postpone the hearing until February 14.

Timothy Johnson, 24, and Jinea Ingram, 25, pleaded not guilty on Jan. 7 to charges of armed robbery and murder  in connection with the death of eChaps Computer Store owner Reed Keith.

Authorities allege that around 4 p.m. on Friday, March 23, 2012, Johnson entered Keith’s store on the corner of Avenue J and 20th Street West with the intent to rob the business.

Reed Keith

Reed Keith

Keith was shot multiple times, and several electronic devices and Keith’s wallet were stolen from the store. The items were later recovered from Johnson’s mother’s home.

Authorities believe Johnson’s girlfriend, Ingram, drove the getaway car.

Johnson was arrested a day after the murder in South Los Angeles, while Ingram was nabbed three days later. Both were charged with the crimes on March 27, 2012.

Criminal proceedings were put on hold for several months as the court decided whether Johnson was mentally competent to stand trial. Johnson was deemed fit for trial in late November, and the case resumed.

Both Johnson and Ingram were at the Antelope Valley courthouse Monday, and they consented to having their preliminary hearing pushed to Feb. 14.

At the conclusion of the hearing, a Superior Court judge will decide whether there is enough evidence against the pair to take the case to trial.

Johnson and Ingram remain jailed without bail.

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  7 comments for “Hearing postponed in Reed Keith murder case

  1. Marina
    March 9, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    Innocent life been taken,those both didnt care for pain they
    cause,i hope justice will be done and they get what its
    coming to them,and with everypassing day I wish only hell and pain
    ,pain that will haunt them to rest of there lifes

  2. Michael Rives
    January 29, 2013 at 10:18 am

    I am so sorry for your loss, Casey, and the fact you have to endure this ordeal. God Bless.

  3. Ali
    January 29, 2013 at 9:32 am

    I hate that they keep delaying this. He didn’t get extra time when they stole his life from him and his family. How much longer does his family have to suffer to get some closure on this?

  4. rome
    January 29, 2013 at 3:03 am

    This truly breaks my heart. I had a laptop repaired at his store. He and his son were both stand up guys. GOD Bless the Family.

  5. Lauren
    January 29, 2013 at 2:37 am

    Im sorry for your loss and i hope that your family gets justice and closure.

  6. January 29, 2013 at 12:36 am

    I miss my father. My daddy, Reed, was and is loved and missed by many.

    • Raptormann
      January 29, 2013 at 10:53 am

      I’m saddened for your loss.

      Having been a vitim of violent crime I can tell you that no one fully understands your loss. People like this just dont take your loved one, but part of your life also. No one comes out the same as before.

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