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Apr 10, 2013 3:22 PM

Lexington Man Accused Of Killing Girlfriend Pleads Not Guilty

A Lexington man accused of murdering his girlfriend, who fled to Ohio before he was eventually arrested, pleaded not guilty in the case Wednesday.

Investigators said Quantina Reed, 34, was shot once in the head March 27 at about 4 a.m. after an argument inside her home on Scottsdale Circle in Lexington.

Reed's father, Jesse Mitchell, told LEX 18 that his daughter had worked as a housekeeping employee at Central Baptist for more than a decade and that she was a devoted mother to her two kids, ages 8 and 14.

"She did everything she could for her kids. you know? She worked to take care of them. They didn't have to want for nothing. You know, she was their mom and dad. She provided for them real good," Mitchell told LEX 18. "She never even had a parking ticket or nothing. No trouble to nobody. You know, for someone to just take her life like that, it's just very hard."

Reed's boyfriend of a few months, Jeffrey Jackson, was arrested in Dayton, Ohio and charged with murder hours after the shooting. The US Marshals Service said Jackson was driving the Chrysler 300 that Reeds' family told us belonged to her.

Mitchell said he had seen Jackson hours before the shooting and he believed the suspect in his daughter's killing seemed "off."

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