Death row inmate who killed transient in 2004 Palm Springs attack dies of COVID-19 complications

Local news
This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.
David Reed appears in a photo dated Nov. 16, 2018. (California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation)
David Reed appears in a photo dated Nov. 16, 2018. (California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation)

A San Quentin State Prison death row inmate who killed a homeless man in a 2004 attack that was believed to be racially motivated died of coronavirus complications, authorities announced Wednesday.

David Reed, 60, died at a hospital on Tuesday, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Officials have not confirmed the exact cause of his death.

Reed stabbed Rick Mosley near a Palm Springs restaurant in March 2004, KPCC reported.

During a taped interview, Reed, a white man, used a racial epithet in reference to the victim, who’s black, a prosecutor said, according to KPCC. The assailant also had connections with the Aryan Brotherhood prison gang as well as tattoos that said “white pride” and “Peckerwood,” a term linked to white supremacy, the official said.

Before stabbing Mosley, Reed waited two weeks outside the restaurant for a man he believed to have sexually assaulted his wife, according to the prosecutor.

In September 2011, a jury convicted Reed of first-degree murder with a special circumstance that it was a case of hate crime and recommended the death penalty, KPCC reported.

CDCR said it took custody of Reed from Riverside County the following month.

About 40% of the San Quentin prison’s inmate population have been infected with COVID-19, officials said.

Currently, there are 720 inmates on the state’s death row, according CDCR.

San Quentin, which holds California’s death row inmates, has reported six COVID-19 deaths and 1,484 confirmed cases as of Wednesday.

Most Popular

Latest News

More News