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85-year-old woman charged with murder, assault after shooting roommates in Federal Way

Beverly Lorraine Jenne is being held on $1 million bail at King County Jail.

An 85-year-old woman is in custody after allegedly shooting her two roommates, one fatally, in Federal Way on Dec. 19.

Beverly Lorraine Jenne was charged with pre-meditated murder in the first degree with a firearms for killing 37-year-old Janet Enid Akiniyi Oyuga. She was also charged with domestic violence assault in the first degree with a firearm for shooting Oyuga’s sister, 44-year-old Angela A. Atieno earlier this month. Jenne is being held on $1 million bail.

Federal Way police and South King Fire crews responded to reports of a fatal domestic violence dispute around 12:45 a.m. near the 2000 block of SW 306th Lane on Dec. 19. Federal Way patrol officers responded to a caller reporting that she had been shot.

“[Jenne] clearly harbored significant animosity towards Ms. Oyuga that culminated in shooting her multiple times (including in the back) and killing her,” the documents state.

After allegedly killing Oyuga, Jenne then shot “an unsuspecting Ms. Atieno” in the back as Atieno was walking up the stairs to her bedroom after getting home from work.

Upon arrival to the scene, through a front window FWPD saw a female inside the house sitting on a bed and instructed her to come out of the house, the documents state. The woman did not comply, and appeared to stand up then fall back down to the floor.

Officers repositioned to the back of the house and gained entry by breaking a sliding glass door. Making contact with the woman, later identified as Jenne, officers found her with an electric cord wrapped around her neck. One officer detained Jenne and worked to remove the cord as others searched the residence.

A handgun was found on the bed where Jenne had been sitting and “the revolver has six spent cartridge cases in its cylinder, which means it was fully loaded and all its bullets had been fired,” the documents continue.

Atieno was located upstairs in a bedroom with a “through and through gunshot wound that appeared to enter her back and exit her chest,” the documents state. At first she did not know where her sister was or who shot her, later stating she saw a shadowy figure in the kitchen after being shot. Atieno was taken to the hospital.

Oyuga died at the scene, found lying on the floor between the rec room and the garage door with multiple gunshot wounds to her back, chest and arms. Medical examiners determined her cause of death to be multiple gunshot wounds, despite preliminary police reports stating fatal blunt force trauma injuries.

A hammer and a screwdriver both with blood on them were discovered on the kitchen counter along with a blood-soaked paper towel and blood on the floor near the counter, the documents state.

According to charging documents, the homeowner purchased the house at an auction in November 2019 after it went into foreclosure. Tenants Oyuga and Atieno allowed Jenne, who had owned the home since 1979, to remain living there so she wouldn’t become homeless while looking for other accommodations.

Oyuga and Atieno were leasing-to-own the home during the homeowener’s renovations. The homeowner said Jenne “lived like a hoarder” and built a storage shed in the backyard to store some of her things. During a recently clean up, the homeowner found two guns, a rifle and a smaller “antique” gun he described to prosecutors.

In the driveway, police found a 1977 Chevrolet Malibu sedan registered to Jenne and inside located a handgun and a handwritten note, signed by Jenne and dated December 18 at 10:58 p.m., along with Jenne’s will under the front seat.

The note, according to the documents, states: “Janet is not a nice person, she drove me to this” and continues, stating: “Tonite she pushed me almost down the stairs leading to the Rec Room and wouldn’t let me go to the bathroom until I said I had to pee. She drove me to this point.”

The note said Jenne has two cemetery plots and also requested not to be buried next to her ex-husband.

“… I couldn’t cope anymore as i had no one to help me. [Janet] wouldn’t talk to me – only when she demanded something – meaning go through with this and that she wanted to talk to me. I think she was getting ready to evict me.”

“I’m 85 and no place to go.”

Jenne was arrested for investigation of homicide and taken to St. Francis Hospital for medical treatment; she had ligature marks around her neck, a laceration on her head requiring three staples, bruising to both sides of her forehead and a small abrasion on her right hand. Upon release, Jenne was taken to the Federal Way police station but shortly transported back to the hospital after she became unresponsive before questioning.

Police found several bullets in the residence, all of which appeared to be consistent with the .38 caliber ammunition.

Family members of Oyuga have created a GoFundMe account to raise money to send her body back to family in Kenya and cover other funeral costs.

“In addition, with the nature of Angela’s injuries, we would like to get Angela’s sister to travel from Kenya and help take care of her as she will not be able to work for a while,” the page states.

Jenne is currently being held at the King County Jail. Her arraignment is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 6 at the Kent Regional Justice Center.

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