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Key Peninsula woman pleads not guilty to hiring felon to kill her son-in-law

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on Aug. 13, 2012 at 1:59 pm |
August 14, 2012 7:47 am

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.

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