19-year-old pleads not guilty to Federal Way shooting death

Teenager remains in custody on $5 million bail

A 19-year-old Pacific man charged with the shooting death of a 23-year-old man in Federal Way pleaded not guilty at his arraignment on Aug. 23.

The King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office filed felony charges of murder in the second degree and unlawful possession of a firearm in the first degree against PJ Langu on Aug. 9 in connection with the Aug. 7 shooting death of Tevin Kamau, 23.

Charging documents state Langu shot Kamau twice in the chest at point-blank range with a firearm prior to fleeing the scene and making efforts to alter his appearance to avoid capture.

According to documents, the defendant recently fled from a rehabilitative youth facility where he was serving a sentence for convictions of burglary in the first degree and assault in the second degree, and was not allowed to possess firearms.

Judge Johanna Bender oversaw Langu’s arraignment, Aug. 23, at the Maleng Regional Justice Center.

The King County Superior Court maintained Langu’s bail at $5 million, first set at his first appearance hearing.

Langu will face a jury trial scheduled for Oct. 16, 2023.

The court scheduled Langu’s next hearing for Oct. 4, 2023.