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April 16, 2014 at 5:49 PM

Renton man charged in girlfriend’s death

King County prosecutors on Wednesday charged Gabriel Navarro of Renton with first-degree murder/domestic violence, accusing the 20-year-old of strangling his girlfriend to prevent her from ending their three-year relationship and to punish her family.

Navarro is being held in the King County Jail in lieu of $2 million bail.

Allison Leedy, 20, spent the past four months making plans to change jobs, go to school and leave Navarro, who was aware of her plans to end their relationship, according to charging papers.

After meeting her grandmother for dinner on Friday night, Leedy was found strangled  in the apartment she shared with Navarro just before noon Saturday, the papers say.

“After a three year relationship with the defendant which was marked by manipulation, isolation and psychological destruction … Allison Leedy had hope,” King County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Adrienne McCoy wrote in charging documents. “She began making plans with her family to leave the defendant, complete her GED, go to college, and eventually art school. The defendant was aware of her plans and was determined to prevent Allison and her family from realizing her dreams.”

Navarro texted several of Leedy’s relatives after killing her, including her grandfather, father and younger sister, according to the charges. In a text to Leedy’s father, he wrote: “She’s dead. I have the last laugh,” the charges say.

He also called 911, told police he had killed Leedy, then lied, saying he was armed with a handgun and had set a booby trap of exploding gas in the apartment, charging papers say. He later surrendered to police.

In interviews with Leedy’s parents, detectives learned that Leedy ran away from California with Navarro days after she turned 18, the charges say.

He would “manage” her text communications with her family, would not allow Leedy to be alone with any of her relatives, and would get jobs at businesses where she worked in order to be near her, according to the charges.

A co-worker told police that Navarro was very manipulative and was trying to talk Leedy out of her plans to go to school in California, but “felt like he was losing control of the situation,” charging papers say.

Navarro is to be arraigned May 1.

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