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Argument over drugs and money may have led to fatal shooting

By MIKE HALLIDAY

The Mirror

John K. Horn, the man Federal Way Police allege shot and killed a 20-year-old on Feb. 13, was charged with second-degree murder last Thursday.

Horn, 18, is being held in King County Jail on $1 million bail.

According to court records, Martez Jones, 20, had accused Horn of stealing his drugs and money when they went outside a 20th Place South home and Horn allegedly shot Jones with a handgun.

Horn, 18, surrendered to police last Thursday after they put out a notice to the public they had a warrant for his arrest in the death of Martez Jones. Court records state Horn was accompanied by his attorney, who turned over a .25-caliber handgun to police. Investigators found .25-caliber shell casings at the crime scene.

Horn hasn’t talked to investigators since his arrest.

He is expected to be formally arraigned on the charge against him Feb. 28.

Jones died inside the home late Monday, after witnesses called 9-1-1 to report he had been shot in the front yard, authorities said.

Jones’ murder was the first in Federal Way for 2006. Last year, the city had eight homicides, the highest one-year total in the city’s history.

Witnesses told police that Jones and Horn were both well-known drug dealers in the community, according to court records.

On the night of his death, witnesses told police Jones was complaining at a party about his drugs and money being stolen. He blamed Horn, who also was known as “Menace” and “LB”, and was in the house. They went outside after confronting each other –– witnesses presumed to fight –– and Horn went to another house in the neighborhood, court records state.

He came back about 15 minutes later and both men went outside again, according to authorities, who said witnesses stated Horn went out of the house first and Jones followed. They were about 10 feet apart when Horn allegedly turned and pulled a small handgun from the waistband of his pants and fired. Jones was hit and went inside the house.

After police arrived at the scene, witnesses told officers they saw Horn run into another house in the cul-de-sac neighborhood. After police surrounded the house, obtained a search warrant they searched the home but could not find him.

Several witnesses in the neighborhood identified Horn from a photo montage that included a photo from when he was enrolled at Todd Beamer High School in 2004.

Staff writer Mike Halliday: 925-5565, mhalliday@fedwaymirror.com

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