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January 4, 2013 at 11:55 AM

Girlfriend of Munchbar shooting suspect released from jail

The girlfriend of the 19-year-old man suspected of shooting and killing a man inside a Bellevue restaurant on Christmas Eve has been released from the King County Jail.

King County prosecutors said today that Maliesha Saleem, 20, was scheduled to have her first court appearance this afternoon at the King County Jail.

“We have decided not to ask to hold her in custody at this time pending further investigation into what if any criminal charges she may face in the future,” Ian Goodhew, deputy chief of staff for Prosecutor Dan Satterberg, said in a news release.  “This is routine in that we only ask to hold in custody individuals who we believe we will be prepared to file rush charges on within the 3 day time limit that someone can be held in custody pre-charging.”

Suspect Ja’Mari Alexander-Alan Jones was arrested while driving a stolen car in Lakewood on Wednesday night, according to prosecutors. Saleem was with him.

Jones was charged last week with fatally shooting DeShawn Milliken, 30, in the Mirror Lounge at Munchbar, a restaurant in Bellevue Square. Witnesses and surveillance video were used to identify Jones as a suspect, according to police.

When he was a juvenile, Jones was one of three teens who pleaded guilty in April 2009 to manslaughter in the death of 53-year-old Ed “Tuba Man” McMichael. The street musician was beaten during an October 2008 robbery near Seattle Center and later died of his injuries.

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