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March 5, 2014 at 2:56 PM

Man charged in death of ex-girlfriend’s mother in West Seattle

Jose Jesus Gonzalez-Leos was charged Wednesday with first-degree murder with sexual motivation, accused of beating and strangling his ex-girlfriend’s mother in December and hiding her body in the bedroom closet of her West Seattle apartment, according to King County prosecutors.

Gonzalez-Leos, who was arrested  Saturday at his residence about 3 1/2 miles south of the apartment where 46-year-old Nga Nguyen was killed, remains in the King County Jail in lieu of $2 million bail. Though the 20-year-old “has no apparent felony criminal history,” he has a “significant history of drug abuse” and was using marijuana and methamphetamine on a near-daily basis at the time of the crime, charging papers say.

According to prosecutors, Gonzalez-Leos and Nguyen’s daughter broke up in September, but since then he had showed up uninvited at the apartment the mother and daughter shared on High Point Drive Southwest, and was involved in previous “disturbances” with Nguyen.

On Dec. 14, Gonzalez-Leos went to the apartment and became enraged when he saw that the daughter’s car wasn’t parked outside, charging papers say. He climbed onto a neighbor’s shed, then onto the roof of the apartment building, entering into the women’s unit through Nguyen’s second-floor bedroom window, according to the papers. Gonzalez-Leos confronted Nguyen, who “suffered a severe beating and strangulation at the hands of the defendant,” Senior Deputy Prosecutor Scott O’Toole wrote in charging papers.

Though Gonzalez-Leos initially denied any involvement in Nguyen’s slaying, police say he told detectives “he struck her, strangled her and hid her in the bedroom closet” after confronted with the physical evidence against him, the papers say. Gonzalez-Leos’ fingerprints were found inside the bedroom window, and his palm print was found on a cardboard box in the yard, according to the papers. His DNA was also found in saliva recovered from Nguyen’s body, the papers say.

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