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Woman Arrested with Munchbar Shooting Suspect to be Released

The 20-year-old woman arrested with Ja'mari Jones, who was charged in a fatal shooting at Munchbar on Christmas Eve, is expected to be released, pending further investigation into allegations against her.

The 20-year-old woman arrested with Ja'mari Jones, who was charged in a fatal shooting at Munchbar, will not be held in jail, pending further investigation into allegations against her made by the Bellevue Police Department, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office.

According to officials, an individual is held only if prosecutors can file charges within the three-day time limit that someone can be held in custody before he or she is charged.

The woman, who the Bellevue Police Department said is Jones' girlfriend, was arrested on investigation of possession of a stolen vehicle and rendering criminal assistance. Patch does not name people under arrest until they are charged.

The woman was with Ja’mari Alexander Alan Jones on the night he was taken into custody in Lakewood while in a vehicle reported to be stolen, according to the Bellevue Police Department.

Before Jones was taken into custody, he already was charged with second-degree murder in the Munchbar shooting on Christmas Eve, which killed 30-year-old DeShawn Milliken of Seattle. A Renton man also was injured in the shooting.

The second-degree murder charge against Jones was filed last week by the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, and prosecutors requested Jones held in lieu of $5 million bail.

At least two tribute websites mourned Milliken's death, with one seeking financial support for his family. One website described Milliken, a Garfield High grad, as "a father, brother, son, uncle, grandson, friend, provider, protector and role model to many. A beacon of positivity, Deshawn touched many lives. For instance, he adopted a daughter, fed the less fortunate, and took care of numerous at-risk youths in the central district area that lacked father figures."

Police say that Jones fired up to five shots into the crowded Munchbar in Bellevue Square at about 1 a.m. Christmas Eve.

There were reportedly more than 600 patrons at the bar at the time of the shooting, and the situation was chaotic inside the bar while police officers tried to secure the scene, according to the Bellevue Police Department.

Surveillance video and witness testimony assisted detectives in identifying the shooter as Jones.

, Kemper Development Company, which owns Bellevue Square, announced Thursday. 

When Jones was a teenager, he served 36 weeks in juvenile detention for his part in the high-profile 2008 beating death of Ed “Tuba Man” McMichael. Jones – then 16 – Billy Chambers and Kenneth Kelly pleaded guilty to reduced manslaughter charges, after McMichael was attacked, robbed and beaten near a Seattle bus stop. He died several days after the attack. The three teens all served about 36 weeks in juvenile detention for the murder.

Previous coverage:

  • Report: Bellevue Bar Shooting Victim Identified as Garfield Grad
  • Suspect in Fatal Bellevue Bar Shooting was Convicted in 'Tuba Man' Killing

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