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July 9, 2012 at 5:10 PM

Federal Way man ordered held in girlfriend’s homicide

A King County District Court judge on Monday found probable cause to hold a 29-year-old Federal Way man on investigation of homicide in connection with the stabbing death of his girlfriend late Friday.

Kenneth Mace waived his Monday court appearance and is being held without bail in the Norm Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent, said Dan Donohoe, a spokesman for King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg.

According to the probable-cause statement outlining the Federal Way police case against him, Mace entered a neighbor’s trailer at the Camelot Mobile Home Park at 11:21 p.m. Friday and asked to use the phone to call 911. The neighbor later told officers Mace was “distraught and appeared on the verge of tears,” the statement says.

After overhearing Mace’s conversation with the 911 operator, the neighbor flagged down a security officer, who was patrolling the mobile home park, located at 3001 S. 288th St., and the security officer handcuffed Mace until police arrived, it says.

Officers entered trailer 210 and found Melinda S. O’Meara, 20, face down on the kitchen floor surrounded by blood, according to police. O’Meara’s cause of death has not been released by the King County Medical Examiner’s Office, which is still working to scientifically identify her.

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