Update: Man accused of killing Carson City teen appears in court; brother arrested on charges of being an accessory to murder
The man accused of killing a Carson City teen had his first court appearance on Friday.
Reed Skenandore, 21, was arrested Jan. 12 in connection with the shooting death of 18-year-old Grant Watkins on Jan. 11.
Investigators believe Skenandore, along with Jesus Garcia-Manriquez, 18, and Allen Garcia-Manriquez, 19, planned to rob Watkins during a drug buy at Blackwell’s Pond Park.
Skenandore allegedly shot Watkins in the abdomen. Watkins was taken to Renown Regional Medical Center, where he died a few hours later.
Attorney Ben Walker was appointed to represent Skeandore during his Carson City Justice Court appearance on Friday.
He faces charges of open murder with a deadly weapon, first-degree murder with a deadly weapon, robbery with the use of a deadly weapon, attempted murder with the use of a deadly weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery, all felonies.
He was previously arrested in October with his brother Jonathan Skenandore, 18, after deputies attempted to initiate a traffic stop and both men ran from officers, deputies stated in the arrest report. Deputies stated they found a 1911 style handgun and magazine, a gram of cocaine, marijuana and $345 in cash, on the brothers. Reed Skenandore was charged with a prohibited person carrying a firearm, possession of a concealed weapon, obstructing and possession of marijuana.
On his current charges, he’s being held on a no-bail hold and is scheduled to have his preliminary hearing Jan. 28.
Three other men have been arrested in connection with the shooting, the Garcia-Manriquez brothers and Jacob Huttman, 19.
Both Garcia-Manriquez brothers were charged with the same counts as Skenandore. Huttman is charged with accessory to murder and conspiracy to commit murder.
The brothers had their first court appearance Wednesday and Huttman is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday.
Sheriff Ken Furlong also said Friday that an arrest warrant was issued for Jonathan Skenandore, 18. Skenandore was arrested on suspicion of accessory to murder, accessory to robbery, and conspiracy to commit robbery. He was already in Carson City Jail on Thursday on a juvenile warrant.
“This case continues to move forward, though slowly due to the number of persons either directly or indirectly involved,” Furlong said. “In addition, early this morning, search teams were able to recover additional evidence presumed to be related to the death of Grant Watkins. The items recovered will be reviewed next week for inclusion or exclusion in the case.”
The Carson City Sheriff’s Office asks anyone with information to contact the Detectives Division at 887-2500.