Bond set for Fort Gibson woman held on manslaughter complaint

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Bond was set for a Fort Gibson woman held on a complaint of first-degree manslaughter Wednesday following the shooting death of her boyfriend.

Cindy Jones, 40, quietly told Special District Judge Robin Adair she understood when he set her bond at $100,000 and admonished her against speaking with witnesses. 

The charges follow the Tuesday shooting of Danny Wayne Reed, 28, of Fort Gibson, during an altercation at the couple's home on North 6 Mile Road east of Fort Gibson in Muskogee County. Jones and Reed were in the middle of an argument when Jones allegedly shot Reed in the chest with a handgun, said Undersheriff Michael Mahan.

However, Jones' son, Chance Collins, believes the situation must have escalated to the point Jones thought she was in danger.

"It was domestic violence gone too far," Collins said. "I honestly believe she would not have intentionally hurt him. She loved him." 

Collins said he and his family wanted to know more about the argument and what happened between Reed and Jones to prompt the use of a gun.

"I want to know why she felt so backed into a wall — this would have been a last resort for her," Collins said, speaking on behalf of the family. "She's not a murderer."

Jones immediately called 911 after shooting Reed, Mahan said, but told dispatchers Reed had accidentally shot himself while cleaning his gun. The incident was initially investigated as a suicide attempt or accident.

Investigators discovered that was not the case," Mahan said. 

"They had an argument in the trailer behind her father's house, he went into the house, she went after him, the argument continued, she retrieved the handgun...and he was subsequently shot," he said.

Reed was taken from the North 6 Mile Road home to Saint Francis Hospital in Muskogee and then to Saint Francis Hospital in Tulsa by ambulance, where he was pronounced dead. Jones was arrested later that day. 

Jones remains in custody at the Muskogee County/City Detention Facility. She will be back in court today when she is expected to be charged.

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