Man returned to King County to face Kent murder charge

Paul Dervin accused of killing his wife Nov. 30 in her West Hill home

A man charged with killing his estranged wife in Kent faces a Feb. 2 court date after King County Sheriff’s Office deputies returned him to Washington state from Minnesota.

Paul R. Dervin, 38, is scheduled to be arraigned Feb. 2 in the GA Courtroom of the Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent on charges of second-degree murder domestic violence, second-degree assault domestic violence, unlawful imprisonment domestic violence and violation of a court order.

Dervin is accused of killing Randi A. Jones, 40, on Nov. 30 in her Kent home on the West Hill. Jones had a court order that Dervin must stay away from her.

The Minnesota State Patrol arrested Dervin on Dec. 9 after he fled Kent. An investigation by Kent Police detectives led to a nationwide homicide warrant for Dervin. He was housed in the Noble County jail in Worthington, Minnesota.

Dervin waived his extradition. King County Sheriff’s Office deputies returned Dervin to Washington state this week to face charges. He was booked Jan. 20 in the King County Correctional Facility in Seattle with bail denied.

Dervin and Jones were married in 2016, according to marriage license records. There were no divorce records for the couple.

Kent Police responded at 1:19 a.m. Dec. 1 to a suspicious circumstances call at the home of Jones, 25123 23rd Place S. Officers found Jones lying on her back unresponsive in the living room. Officers observed bruising and blood on her face and marks on her neck. Officers and medics attempted life-saving measures, but she died at the scene.

Jones died from a blunt-force injury to her torso, according to the King County Medical Examiner’s Office.

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