NEWPORT BEACH – An 81-year-old, Lake Forest great-grandmother was charged with murder by intentionally lying in wait of a man who was the father of her great-grandson. She is also accused of personally discharging a firearm during the murder. Jeane Ellen Allen will be in court on Tuesday, January 31, 2006, in H-2, Harbor Justice Center, Newport Beach. The time will be determined tomorrow morning. The defendant is being held on $1 million bail. If convicted of all charges, Allen could be sent to prison for life without the possibility of parole.
Alex Reyes, 26, Brea, arrived by car with his parents at the defendant’s house on Saturday, January 28 at about 9:30 a.m. The defendant lived with her granddaughter and her great-grandson on Coral Wood Street in Lake Forest. There had been some issues between the parties because of disagreements about the visitation and custody of the 20-month old child. Reyes went to the defendant’s door while his parents waited in the car.
The defendant is accused of shooting the victim twice, once in the head and once on the leg. The victim’s parents heard the gunshots and rushed to the door. Reyes’ parents found their son lying on a dirt planter with gunshot wounds. Allen is accused of asking a neighbor to clean a revolver the day before the incident.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Mike Murray of the Homicide Unit will be prosecuting this case.