Jacqueline Rena Ray paid a felon $10,000 to kill her son-in-law because she believed he was physically abusing her daughter and might one day kill her, according to Pierce County prosecutors.
The 49-year-old Key Peninsula woman and her alleged accomplice pleaded not guilty this afternoon to two counts of first-degree murder. Luis Brea Barker, 37, also pleaded not guilty to first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm.
Court Commissioner Craig Adams set Ray’s bail at $1 million and Barker’s bail at $3 million. He said he set Barker’s bail so high because he was “concerned for the safety of the community.”
Although there is only one victim – Leon Dwayne Bauchman, Jr., 33, of Puyallup – Ray and Barker face two counts of murder for intentionally killing Bauchman and killing him as part of a kidnapping scheme, Deputy Prosecutor Phil Sorensen said.
They can be convicted of both counts but only sentenced for one.
A couple walking their dog July 12 found Bauchman’s body in the 14900 block of 82nd Avenue Northwest, less than a mile from his in-law’s house. The body had been dumped 10 feet from the road. His ankles, wrists and eyes were covered with duct tape and he had been fatally shot.