Prosecutors charge Des Moines man for murder of Jayme Thomas

King County prosecutors charged a 29-year-old Des Moines man Monday with second-degree murder in connection with the Nov. 5 shooting death of Jayme Thomas, 19, in Redondo.

Johnny Rourn also is charged with second-degree assault for wounding a 24-year-old man, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office. Rourn is scheduled to be arraigned Dec. 22 at the Norm Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent. He remains in custody at the county jail in Kent with bail set at $1 million.

Prosecutors wrote in the charging papers "that the willingness of the defendant to shoot at someone for simply calling him or his friends a name and his willingness to shoot at everyone present without regard for their involvement in the argument, demonstrates his extreme risk to the community if released without significant bail."

On Dec. 7, Des Moines Police with the assistance of Valley SWAT arrested Rourn at his residence without incident. Rourn was booked into the King County jail for investigation of homicide and investigation of assault.

Thomas died after being shot early in the morning Nov. 5 in the backseat of a vehicle in the 800 block of Redondo Way South. Witnesses reported that an argument and name calling occurred between two separate groups before the shooting. Two unidentified men started passing a gun around, then fired shots into a vehicle where Thomas sat, according to police.

An autopsy report showed Thomas was shot twice in the back and once in the arm, according to charging papers.

Thomas was a 2011 graduate of Mount Rainier High School and was studying at Highline Community College to become a nurse. As a lifeguard, she taught toddlers to swim. She was heavily involved in her youth group at Resurrection Lutheran Church in Des Moines.

The Des Moines Police department’s Investigations Unit was able to identify several witnesses based on tips and leads from the community.

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