‘Murder 1st Degree’ Charges Filed Against Two In Death Of Des Moines Woman

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On Friday, June 24th, King County Prosecutors filed charges against Daniel Alexander Threadgill, 23, and Synae Araya McMillon-Cooper, 21, with ‘Murder First Degree’ for the alleged murder of Jennifer Walstrand in Des Moines in August, 2010 (download a PDF of the charging documents here).

Arraignment is scheduled for Wednesday, July 6 at the Norm Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent.

Both defendants were arrested Tuesday, June 21st, and remain in jail, being held without bail.

The Seattle P-I is reporting:

McMillon-Cooper – also known as Araya McMillon – and Walstrand were both “high-end” call girls working for the same pimp. Investigators claim the McMillon-Cooper was jealous and angry with Walstrand, and conspired with Threadgill, a club promoter and Bellevue resident, to kill her.

Prosecutors contend McMillon-Cooper tackled Walstrand and looked on while Threadgill stabbed her repeatedly. Witnesses – who came forward months after the killing – told investigators McMillon-Cooper urged Threadgill on as a gravely-injured Walstrand begged for her life.

Writing the court, Senior Deputy Prosecutor Scott O’Toole described the attack as “the brutal and senseless murder of a woman who posed no threat to them.”

Read the P-I’s full report here.

Read more about this crime at our sister site, The Waterland Blog, here.

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