Redondo Beach murder suspect faces victim's family

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by JAKE WHITTENBERG / KING 5 News

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Posted on December 22, 2011 at 2:23 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 22 at 4:59 PM

KENT, Wash. -- The family of Jayme Thomas got their first look at the man accused of killing their daughter.

Johnny Rourn, 30, pleaded not guilty Thursday on charges of murder and assault in the shooting death of Thomas, 19, and a 24-year-old man in the Redondo Beach area Nov. 5.

"I hope he's going to jail for a very long time," says Joe Thomas, Jayme's father. "Justice will prevail. Either it’s going to prevail in this life or the next."

By all accounts, Jayme Thomas was an innocent bystander when Rourn allegedly opened fired into the car she was sitting in, killing her and wounding a friend.

Prosecutors say a friend of Thomas shouted a homophobic comment at a group of black and Asian men at Redondo Beach that night. Court documents indicate Rourn admitted that one of those men took out a gun, handed it to Rourn and he fired nine shots.

Prosecutors say Rourn has a previous gun charge and ties to a 2009 Renton shooting.

"I will be keeping a close eye on this case," said Joe Thomas, visibly shaken after court.

He added the family is having a difficult time coping with Jayme's murder.

"I miss my daughter very much," he said. "I miss not being able to hold on to hear her laugh and having a good conversation with her."

A pre-trial hearing has been set for Jan. 31. Rourn is held at the King County Regional Justice Center on $1 million bail.

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