Trial set for man in killing of captain

John Kalisz is accused of killing Dixie Sheriff's Capt. Chad Reed.

Published: Friday, January 14, 2011 at 9:27 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 14, 2011 at 9:27 a.m.

A March trial has been scheduled for the man charged in the fatal shooting a year ago of Dixie County Sheriff's Capt. Chad Reed.

Reed was 33 when he was shot and killed in the line of duty on Jan. 14, 2010.

The man indicted for murder in Reed's death, John Kalisz, 56, is facing the possibility of the death penalty if convicted.

Kalisz also has been charged with killing his sister, Kathryn Donovan, 61, and co-worker Deborah Tillotson, 59, and was indicted on two counts of attempted first-degree murder in the shootings of his niece, Manessa Donovan, 19, and Amy Wilson, 34, an employee at Kathryn Donovan's home business.

Investigators said the shootings all occurred on the same day and began in Hernando County before Kalisz fled north. According to the investigators, Reed was among the deputies following Kalisz as he drove into Dixie County and pulled into a Cross City gas station.

Dixie County Sheriff Dewey Hatcher said Reed had exited his car and was walking south toward Kalisz, who was in the driver's seat of the car. Kalisz faced north, lifted a gun, pointed it in Reed's direction and fired once, hitting Reed, according to reports.

Kalisz is being held in the Hernando County Jail.

On Friday morning, 3rd Judicial Circuit State Attorney Skip Jarvis said he and Assistant State Attorney In Charge Dave Phelps will be prosecuting Kalisz during the trial, slated to begin with jury selection on March 14 and expected to last for 10 days. Jarvis said that if a 12-member jury cannot be seated in Dixie County, a change of venue would be requested.

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