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Valencia: Trial scheduled in New Mexico for slaying of local man

Posted: March 12, 2013 6:07 p.m.
Updated: March 12, 2013 6:07 p.m.

Chip Fox, held in a New Mexico jail in the slaying of a Valencia man

 

A California man accused of stabbing a Valencia man to death last summer in New Mexico is scheduled to appear in court there Monday charged with second-degree murder, court officials said.

In August, Chip Adam Fox, 35, of San Luis Obispo was arrested on suspicion of killing his friend Kevin Reardon, also 35, of Valencia, during an argument.

On Monday, Fox is expected to appear in Clovis District Court on a charge of second-degree murder and attempting to commit a felony, Assistant District Attorney Laura Sammons told The Signal.

The proceedings are expected to include a status report from lawyers on the case before Fox’s jury trial begins in September.

Initially, Fox was also charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, but that particular charge was dismissed within two weeks of his arrest, court papers show.

In October, Fox asked the court to “excuse” the judge presiding on his case, apparently a defendant’s right in New Mexico.

As a result, District Court Judge Donna Mowrer stepped down and a new judge took her place on Oct. 5.

Reardon and Fox, who were reportedly together on a visit to Fox’s relative’s house on Aug. 16, got into a fight that night outside the home of Fox’s aunt in a South Clovis trailer park, said Clovis Police Capt. Patrick Whitney.

Reardon was rushed to Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis, four miles away, and later transferred to a trauma hospital in Lubbock, Texas, where he died from his injuries early Aug. 17.

“The stabbing occurred ... during a confrontation that erupted between the two men,” Whitney said in a media release issued at the time.

According to court records published in a story by Benna Sayyed of the Clovis News Journal, Fox told an officer that his friend Reardon “freaked out” after huffing Dust-Off dust cleaner and ran into the knife Fox held.

Huffing involves inhaling a substance for the purpose of getting high.

Reardon, who died about six hours after the stabbing, told an officer he was verbally abusing Fox and Fox stabbed him in the stomach, according to the Clovis News Journal.

Tiffany Pryor, Fox’s girlfriend, told police she had seen Reardon huffing Dust-Off two to three times during their vacation and job-hunting trip to South Dakota and Austin, Texas, before the trio traveled to Clovis while returning to San Luis Obispo.

Police retrieved the knife thought to be used in the stabbing at a neighbor’s residence, the newspaper said.
Fox is being held at the Curry County jail on a $200,000 bond.

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