The man accused of killing 35-year-old Shondel D. Lofton in a bizarre June homicide and kidnapping was found competent Thursday to stand trial.
Jimmy Reagan, 31, is charged with murder, kidnapping, sexual assault for a total of 28 violent felonies stemming from the June 6 attack. His jury trial is now set for June 24 through July 3 in Ninth Judicial District Court, according to District Attorney Matt Chandler.
Police said Lofton, a custodian at Berry Elementary School and Casel-Land, was shot in the head by Reagan after he forced Lofton's girlfriend to perform a sexual act at gunpoint outside their home on North Wheaton Road.
Police said that during the sexual act, Reagan asked the woman who was in the house. The woman said her daughter (she was not) and her boyfriend.
Reagan kicked in the door and entered the house, firing the fatal shot at Lofton, according to police.
The woman told police she got in her vehicle and attempted to drive away. According to reports, Reagan then pursued her, getting in front of her vehicle. Police said Reagan jumped out of the way when she tried to run him down but managed to fire a shot, hitting a window in her vehicle.
Authorities say witnesses saw Reagan drive away after forcing two women at gunpoint into their van on Charles Reese Road. State police found them near N.M. 311 and Rope Road after a homeowner reported Reagan holding one of the women hostage on the front porch of another residence.
Police said the homeowner fired his gun, distracting the suspect. Officers were then able to detain Reagan.