New arrest in Gig Harbor murder-for-hire
Pierce County prosecutors will decide by Wednesday whether to charge J.R. Child, 23, in the death of Leon Bauchman Jr.
Bauchman’s mother-in-law, Jacqueline Ray, and co-defendent Luis Barker, pleaded not guilty to first degree murder charges in Bauchman’s shooting death.
Prosecutors said that Ray agreed to pay Barker $10,000 to kill Bauchman because he had a long history of beating her daughter, and feared he might kill her.
Authorities said they could not discuss Child’s alleged role in the homicide.