The 85-year-old woman accused of murder and assault after attacking her two previous roommates in their Federal Way house pleaded not guilty on January 7.
In a letter, the attorneys of Beverly Jenne call the incident “tragic.”
The first event happened on December 19. Officials responded to the home and discovered one woman dead from gunshot injuries and another woman wounded. The injured woman was transported to the hospital and assumed to recover. The two women that were killed and injured were sisters.
Days later, the home sustained “great damage” from a fire. No one was living in the house at the moment of the fire.
“We are strongly concerned that the house was so quickly destroyed by fire,” Jenne’s attorneys wrote. The attorney said that they want a speedy and transparent investigation into the circumstances of the blaze.
Jenne owned the house from 1979 until November when it was foreclosed and bought by someone else, court papers said.
The new homeowner rented the home to the two sisters. The sisters were determined to let the 85-year-old woman stay with them until she could find other housing.
According to court papers, Jenne “clearly harbored significant hatred” toward the two sisters. The 85-year-old was charged with murder in the first degree and attack. Prosecutors suggested her bail to set at $1 million.
Jenne also tried to suicide that same night but survived, court papers said.
“It is necessary to remember that a short charging record put together by the police and the prosecution is not the full story,” the letter continues. “We look ahead to sharing Ms. Jenne’s story at the proper time and place.”