By Frank Lewis
Quick work by the Lewis County, Ky., Sheriff’s Office has resulted in an arrest of a man who will face first-degree murder charges. John Garcia, 23, will be arraigned Tuesday morning in the death of David Reed, 46.
Lewis County Sheriff Johnny Bivens said around 12:23 a.m. Sunday, deputies responded to 265 Meadowbrook Drive to investigate reports that an individual had been murdered. When officers arrived on the scene, they said they located the victim inside the residence. Bivens said Reed had been stabbed multiple times and war pronounced dead by Lewis County Coroner Tony Gaydos.
Officers located Garcia near the scene and he was taken into custody without incident.
“We were there in just a couple of minutes. He remained in the area and basically he didn’t try to flee,” Bivens told the Daily Times. “Obviously he was saying he had no choice but to do what he did.”
According to Bivens, the preliminary investigation revealed that Garcia and Reed were acquaintances and Garcia was visiting at the residence. It was during that time, Bivens said, an altercation occurred between the two men, and that led to the fatal stabbing of Reed. He said officers located and recovered the weapon at the scene.
“At this time we are not releasing any motive in regards to the murder and are continuing to collect additional evidence to support the case,” Bivens said. “He (Garcia) will be arraigned here in Lewis District Court tomorrow (Tuesday) and then I anticipate that it will be set for the following Tuesday (Feb. 11) for a preliminary hearing to decide if there is probable cause to bound it over to a grand jury.”
Garcia is lodged in the Lewis County Detention Center.
Frank Lewis can be reached at 740-353-3101, Ext. 252, or on Twitter @FrankLewispdt.