Yelm Resident Found Guilty of Second-Degree Murder


A Thurston County jury found a Yelm resident guilty of second-degree murder, domestic violence, while armed with a firearm and while in the presence of a child on May 3.

A news release from the Thurston County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office stated Michael Brower was found guilty for the murder of their wife, Tuyen Dang Ngoc Brower.

Deputies from the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 911 call to the family’s Yelm residence in the late evening of May 20, 2020. Dispatchers notified law enforcement there was a history of mental health and domestic violence calls to that address as well as a previous protective order between the defendant and Tuyen Brower, stated the release.

“The couple’s four young children had been asleep and were awakened by the argument between their parents. The oldest child came out of her room and was ordered by Michael Brower to return to her room,” stated the release. “After the child left the room Michael Brower shot Tuyen Brower in the chest, causing her death.”

Charges were filed against Michael Brower in Thurston County Superior Court on May 21, 2020. The judge ordered the defendant to be held without bail. The case was prosecuted by Deputy Prosecuting Attorneys Jennifer Lord and Alexis Egolf.

“Without the support of our great team and the hard work of the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office, we could not have held the defendant accountable,” Lord said. “We are grateful to have justice for the victim and her children.”

Sentencing in the case was scheduled for August, stated the release.


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