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February 6, 2013 at 6:17 PM
The Bellevue Police Department is asking the public to help find a witness to the fatal Munchbar shooting last year on Christmas Eve.
Video shows the man hanging out with the victim, DeShawn Milliken, at the bar before he was fatally shot, according to police.
Police ask anyone who thinks they can identify the man to call the department at 425-452-6050.
February 1, 2013 at 7:06 AM
The death penalty in the Carnation slayings has been tossed out. This is the case of the two people accused of killing a family of six on Christmas Eve in 2007. A judge says the prosecutors erred when they considered the strength of the evidence when deciding whether to seek the death penalty against Michele Anderson and her former boyfriend, Joseph McEnroe. Which reminds us, death penalty cases are costly all around.
Security cameras on the waterfront: More than two dozen security cameras are going up on the waterfront to keep an eye on the goings on there. And while the authorities think the cameras will be helpful in responding to emergencies and gathering crime-fighting evidence, some folks aren’t happy that the public is under surveillance, so to speak. Vote in our poll on the issue of privacy.
What happened inside the Munchbar the night a Seattle man was killed? That’s yet to be determined, but KING5 has the 911 tapes from the night DeShawn Milliken was shot to death in the crowded bar at Bellevue Square on Christmas Eve. The shooting followed an argument and a fight. Ja’Mari Alexander-Alan Jones was arrested several days later in Tukwila and charged in the shooting.
Weather: Sunny tomorrow. Temperatures in the low 50s. Yeah, baby!
Wolverines on the comeback? The state is trying to make that happen and Seattle Times staff reporter Lynda Mapes tells us about it in her story today. That’s all well and good, but judged by the photo here, wolverines, also known as mountain devils, can sure look mean … (Reminds us of, you know, the honey badger … OK, maybe not.)
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January 4, 2013 at 11:55 AM
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.
December 28, 2012 at 4:35 PM
The King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office Friday charged Ja’Mari Jones, 19, with second-degree murder and requested he be held on $5 million bail for a fatal shooting at a Bellevue bar on Monday. Jones remains at large.
If convicted, prosecutors say he could spend 20 to 28 years in jail for the charge, which has been made with a firearm weapon enhancement.
Video from Bellevue Square’s Munchbar shows Jones–who was convicted in 2009 in the beating death of Ed “Tuba Man” McMichael–entering the bar wearing a red down vest with another man, Michael Cheatham, at about 1 a.m., according to charging papers.
Footage shows Jones and the other man entering the crowded bar and talking near DeShawn Milliken, 30, of Seattle and his sister, according to the account. When Milliken appears to recognize Jones, he tackles him. About eight seconds later Milliken turns away, but is then tackled at the waist by Cheatham.
Charging papers say that’s when Jones brandished a gun, pointed it at Milliken and then fired at least once. Witnesses at the scene reported hearing four to six shots.
Milliken died at the scene of multiple gunshot wounds, according to the King County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Jones is also seen clearly in the video running out of the crowded bar, court papers state.
Cheatham later flagged down officers near the bar’s parking garage while bleeding heavily from gunshot wounds to his hand and forearm, according to a Bellevue police officer’s report in the charging papers.
Officer Jennifer Robertson reported that Cheatham at first denied coming to the bar with anyone or knowing who shot him. When officers interviewed him again after viewing the video, according to Robertson’s report, Cheatham admitted to being the man in the video and identified Jones as the man in the red vest. He refused to answer any further questions.
December 24, 2012 at 5:40 PM
A 19-year-old man suspected by police in the shooting death of a man at a Bellevue bar early Monday was convicted in 2009 of killing a Seattle street musician known as Tuba Man.
Police have obtained a warrant for the arrest of Ja’mari Alexander-Alan Jones, who they consider armed and dangerous. Police describe Jones as being five-foot-eight and about 140 pounds. His car is described as a white Nissan Maxima with Washington state license number AHZ1672.
Witnesses told local media that as many as five shots were fired at about 1:09 a.m. at Munchbar’s Mirror Lounge in Bellevue Square. A 30-year-old Seattle man was fatally wounded.
Jones was one of three teens who pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter in April 2009 in the death of 53-year-old Ed “Tuba Man” McMichael. He was beaten during a robbery in the fall of 2008 near Seattle Center and later died of his injuries.
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