Accused killer Jimmy Reagan's nine-month stay at the Curry County jail has been peppered with violence, culminating with a March 9 stabbing and attempted escape that led to Reagan being transferred to a state facility equipped to handle violent inmates.
Jail Interim Administrator Tori Sandoval confirmed that Reagan was transferred to an undisclosed state prison on Friday, days after he is accused of stabbing a detention officer in the face with a pencil.
Court records indicate the stabbing was the third attack against officers in as many months involving Reagan.
The March 9 stabbing and escape attempt followed attacks on Jan. 18 and Feb. 21 involving Reagan, detention officers and sheriff's transport deputies, each allegedly escalating in violence and prompting District Attorney Matt Chandler's decision to get him moved, according to court records.
Reagan, 31, is facing 28 felony charges including murder, kidnapping, and sexual assault for a bizarre June 6 home invasion on north Wheaton Road. He is accused of shooting and killing elementary school janitor Shondel D. Lofton after sexually assaulting Lofton's girlfriend at gunpoint.
Reagan is scheduled for jury trial in July.
In the Jan. 18 incident, jail staff and Reagan got in a wrestling match while detention officers attempted to get Reagan ready for transport to a court hearing, according to court records.
Reagan allegedly told a detention officer that they "would have to suit up and go in on him because he was mad that his food port had been closed in the cell, "sheriff's investigator David Ford testified. Nine detention officers, including Sandoval, entered Reagan's cell behind a protective or riot shield.
"Upon entry of the team," Ford testified, "Jimmy Reagan ran at Officer (Rene) Garcia raising his knee/foot/leg and made contact in an aggressive manner with the shield (Sgt. Shawn) Slate was using."
Reagan was wrestled face down to the floor, where he continued to resist, the investigator said.
"Jimmy Reagan was warned by Lt. (Zack) Boone that if he did not comply, he would be pepper sprayed," Ford testified. "Reagan continued to resist and was subsequently pepper sprayed by Lt. Boone twice. The second time Reagan was pepper sprayed, Detention Officers were able to complete applying the restraints."
Just more than a month later on Feb. 21, the scene was repeated again in Reagan's isolation cell.
This time, according to court records, Reagan prepared himself for pepper spray by shielding his eyes with a sheet of clear plastic wrap. Detention officers ended up shocking Reagan with a TASER, once in the neck and again in the groin.
Sheriff's Investigator Antonio Salazar testified: "From the cell door's window I could see inmate Reagan wearing some sort of clear plastic over his face in order to keep any chemical agents out of his eyes. He was also shifting back and forth aggressively as if he was preparing to fight.
"When the cell door opened Deputy (Chris) Roper was the first to enter with a riot shield," Salazar testified. ""I saw inmate Reagan push Officer Roper to the floor and fall on his back. The other officers tried to pry Reagan off of Deputy Roper. Sgt. (Jayson) Cloud entered the cell and deployed his TASER in drive stun made by making contact with inmate Reagan's upper back and neck area."
Cloud ordered Reagan to stop resisting.
"I could see Deputy Roper underneath Reagan trying to break free," Salazar said. "Shortly after, I heard the sound of another TASER being deployed and saw Reagan being restrained with handcuffs."
Roper "deployed his TASER probes into Reagan's hip and genital area," according to court records.
The March 9 stabbing began with Reagan asking Detention Officer Marcus Barney to have garbage removed from his cell.
"As there was more garbage than would fit through the food port, he (Barney) had the door opened by (jail) Control," Ford testified. "Barney placed his left foot as a door stop and was taking the trash from Reagan when Reagan stabbed him in the face with the pencil. Reagan ran for the door that is between the hallway and Isolation. Barney recovered and went to restrain Reagan.
"Barney struggled with Reagan, who hit him (Barney) in the left side of the face once and the left ribs/side approximately five times. Barney was able to bring Reagan to the ground and was assisted from then on by other detention officers."
Reagan now faces additional charges of felony battery of a peace officer from each incident.
Sandoval also confirmed that two jail staff members face disciplinary action in connection with Reagan, but declined to discuss specifics regarding the two unnamed detention officers.
"Disciplinary action is in the process on two employees for policy violations," Sandoval wrote in an email response to questions. "Failure to follow safety rules and failure to follow County Policies, rules or regulations."
Curry County Manager Lance Pyle, who oversees jail administration, said he did not know about the violence associated with Reagan until a Clovis News Journal reporter began asking questions last week.
Sheriff Matt Murray is in charge of all security at the jail.