Trial set in Reyes’ case

Ashton Reyes

A tentative trial date has been set for the man charged in connection with the January shooting death in Seattle of 22-year-old Ashton Reyes of Juneau.

According to the King County Prosecutor’s Office, the trial for 19-year old Jacob Mommer is scheduled for November in King County Superior Court.

As KTOO previously reported, Reyes died January 3rd in a Subway parking lot in the Rainier Beach area. Mommer was charged in February with first degree murder as well as first and second degree robbery for stealing items from Reyes’ vehicle.

Ian Goodhew is Deputy Chief of Staff for the King County Prosecutor’s office. He says Mommer and his court-appointed attorney agreed to a November 14 trial date at a hearing held on Monday.

“The prosecution and the defense will check in with the presiding judge October 26 to confirm whether trial is ready to go forward in November or the parties need more time,” Goodhew says.

Mommer has been held in King County jail on $1 million bond since his February arrest. Goodhew says Seattle police continue to search for another suspect.

“The defendant faces over 25 years in prison, should he be convicted of the murder in the first degree charge. And he remains the only individual charged in the crime at this point. However, the investigation remains open,” Goodhew says.

While the charging documents indicate the robbery and shooting were drug-related, it states Reyes was not a participant in those crimes.

At the time of the incident, Reyes was with a friend identified in court documents only as J.R. Goodhew says J.R. is now considered a witness for the state in the case.

The investigators’ report shows that during the course of a drug transaction, Mommer and another individual allegedly attempted to rob, at gunpoint, Reyes and J.R., who were sitting in her car. J.R. told investigators that he handed over Reyes’ purse and got out of the car. Gunshots erupted and police later found Reyes in the front seat with a gunshot wound. J.R. was found in the McDonald’s parking lot next door, wounded in the buttocks.

Reyes was taken to Harborview Medical Center where she died.

According to the report, J.R. told police he had arranged to meet with two individuals to sell an ounce of marijuana. While he said he didn’t know their names, he had exchanged cellphone numbers and made calls to one of the suspects – allegedly Mommer — before the sale.

J.R.’s and Reyes’ cellphones were not recovered after the incident, but police obtained phone records and found the number associated with several Craigslist posts, which were traced to an IP address that led police to Mommer’s residence south of Seattle.

Before her death, Reyes had been attending school in Seattle and completed a dental assistant program in November 2011. She reportedly had been working as an intern in a Seattle-area dentist’s office.

She graduated from Juneau’s Yaakoosge’ Daakahidi Alternative High School in 2008. She was the daughter of Rick Reyes of Juneau and Terri Reyes of Oregon.

A memorial service will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Juneau Moose Lodge.

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