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January 10, 2013 at 9:23 AM

Man charged in fatal shooting at Bellevue bar pleads not guilty

Ja’Mari Jones, charged with second degree murder in the fatal shooting of a Seattle man in a Bellevue bar on Christmas Eve, pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Thursday in King County Superior Court. (Photo by Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times)

The 19-year-old Renton man arrested last week in connection with a fatal shooting inside a Bellevue nightclub on Dec. 24 pleaded not guilty this morning to second-degree murder.

Ja’Mari Alexander-Alan Jones was arrested in a stolen car in Lakewood on Jan. 2. If convicted, he faces up to 28 years in prison, according to King County prosecutors.

Jones is accused of 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.

Video footage shows Jones talking with a man near Milliken and his younger sister, Destiny Milliken, 21, according to the court papers. DeShawn Milliken seemed to recognize Jones and then tackled him. His sister appeared to fight with the other man, Michael Cheatham, who had entered the bar with Jones.

About eight seconds later, DeShawn Milliken turned away from Jones, but was then tackled by Cheatham.

That’s when Jones brandished a gun, pointed it at DeShawn Milliken and fired at least five shots, according to charging papers.

Jones was one of three youths 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.

Jones, Billy Chambers and Kenneth Kelly served time in Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration detention for McMichael’s death.

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