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Capital murder charges filed against shooting suspect
WRITTEN BY :   Eric Pierce

Capital murder and attempted murder charges were filed this afternoon by the District Attorney’s Office against a 30-year-old man accused in the shooting deaths of two women and one man and shooting and wounding a woman and a boy on Oct. 24.

Jade Douglas Harris is expected to be in Department 7 of the Downey Courthouse for arraignment later today.

Harris was charged with three counts of murder, two counts of attempted murder, three counts of kidnapping for carjacking, three carjacking counts, two kidnapping counts and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon.

The complaint also includes four special circumstance allegations – murder while lying in wait, murder in the commission of a kidnapping, murder in the commission of a carjacking and killing a witness to a crime. The allegations would make Harris eligible for the death penalty if he is convicted.

The District Attorney’s Office will not decide whether to seek the death penalty until the case moves closer to trial.

The three people killed were Josimar Rojas, 26, Irene Cardenas Reyes, 35, and Susana Perez Ruelas, 34.

Harris allegedly went to the business United States Fire Protection in Downey at 8:45 a.m., after responding to an Internet advertisement for a vehicle for sale. At the business, he shot and killed Rojas and Cardenas Reyes and shot another woman, injuring her.

Harris then allegedly forced Perez Ruelas to drive him and the boy to a nearby home where the vehicle was located. At the residence he shot Perez Ruelas and the boy. The 13-year-old survived.

The defendant was detained by Downey police on Oct. 25 and booked the next day. Since it was filed as a capital case, the District Attorney’s Office has asked that Harris be held without bail.

The complaint states that since 2003, Harris had prior felony convictions for robbery, attempted robbery and carrying a concealed weapon.



Published: Monday, October 29, 2012, WEB ONLY
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