OAKLAND (CBS SF) — A 37-year-old man appeared in court Monday on a charge that he murdered a man near the Oakland Coliseum BART station last October.

John Reed was scheduled to enter a plea to the charge for the fatal shooting of 43-year-old Damon Jones at 72nd Avenue and Hawley Street at about 3:20 p.m. on Oct. 27, but Alameda County Superior Court Judge Paul Delucchi agreed to a request by Reed’s attorney, Andrew Steckler, that Reed’s plea entry be delayed until May 12 because he wants to wait until after prosecutors provide him with more police reports in the case.

Oakland police haven’t disclosed a motive for the fatal shooting of Jones, who lived in the area where he was killed.

The case remained unsolved for more than five months until Reed was arrested on April 11 and charged several days later.

In a terse probable cause statement, Oakland police Officer Robert Rosin said witnesses identified Reed “as the suspect responsible for the murder of the victim” (Jones).

Rosin also said that before Jones died, he gave a “dying declaration” that implicated Reed.

In addition to murder, Reed is charged with being an ex-felon in possession of a firearm.

Prosecutors allege that he has two prior felony convictions in Contra Costa County: one for first-degree residential robbery and one for assault with a firearm, both on Sept. 17, 2004.

Reed is being held without bail at the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin.

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