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Police: Washington state man charged in death of partner

September 29, 2020 GMT

SEATTLE (AP) — King County prosecutors have charged a man in the death of a woman found with gunshot wounds to the back and chest last week in a South Lake Union apartment.

Joseph Gongora, 33, was charged Monday with second-degree murder domestic violence, The Seattle Times reported. His bail, originally set at $1 million, was increased to $2 million.

Police said a man later identified as Gongora walked into the King County Jail on Wednesday around 4:40 p.m., and told an officer on duty that he wanted to turn himself in.

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Gongora was handcuffed and jail staff called the Seattle Police Department, authorities said.

Officers were then sent to the man’s apartment where they determined the woman had died, the charges said. The department received a search warrant and investigators searched the apartment where they found a handgun, ammunition and two spent shell casings, authorities said.

Gongora was then arrested and booked into jail.

Police identified the woman as Crystal Rohre, 28. Her relationship with Gongora was not detailed in the charges but police believe they were intimate.

“Currently, investigators are not aware of any evidence suggesting there was a physical struggle or verbal argument prior to the killing,” Senior Deputy Prosecutor Jason Simmons said in the charging documents. “Rather, the currently known evidence suggests Gongora retrieved a firearm then executed Crystal Rohre.”

Court records do not indicate whether Gongora has an attorney.

His arraignment is scheduled for Oct. 12.