Shooting suspect held on $1 million bail
August 28, 2008 · Updated 9:46 AM
MARYSVILLE The suspect in a Nov. 11 shooting in downtown Marysville is being held in Snohomish County Jail on $1 million bail.
Kevin Joby Braa was arrested by police on Nov. 14 at his home on the Tulalip Indian Reservation after his landlord called police to tip them off, according to a probable cause affidavit filed with the Snohomish County prosecutor by the Marysville Police Department. He is being held on charges for murder in the second degree and has two other felony cases pending against him in other unrelated matters.
According to county records Braa is a convicted felon with several misdemeanors on his record. In 1994 Braa was convicted for selling drugs on a school ground while armed with a deadly weapon. The misdemeanors were convictions for reckless endangerment, driving while under the influence and driving with a suspended license.
The Nov. 11 shooting occurred in a downtown tavern where witnesses say Braa was uttering racial slurs at two Native American patrons before he was ejected from Kuhnles Tavern about 10:30 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11. One of the men Braa had been allegedly insulting followed him into the parking lot where they fought, according to witnesses and the police affidavit. Braa reportedly got a gun from his truck and fired four rounds, hitting Simeon Whitney twice in the buttocks and once in the back of his arm. Whitney was flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where he died of his injuries.
Police recovered four 9mm casings and two bullets at the scene, and a Marysville police officer readily recognized Braa from the taverns security video tape as being someone he has dealt with in the past according to the police report.
Braas landlord called police to tell them his tenant matched the descriptions broadcast in media reports and to relay that Braas S10 Chevy pickup matched witness descriptions as well. Detectives then interviewed Braas roommate who told them that when he came home after the shooting Braa looked as if he had been in a fight; with a swollen lip, bloody nose and soiled clothes.
According to the affidavit the roommate, Leonard Graff, said Braa told him he had just killed a subhuman.
Braa told Graff that he had been jumped by three Mexicans outside the tavern; Braa then told him to provide an alibi that the two of them were both at their home drinking that night.
Keep that under your skin, Braa told Graff, according to the probable cause booking form. After that Braa made his roommate go to the store to buy some beer.
Braa had been thrown out of the tavern for making racial insults, and his roommate stated in the police report that Braa was constantly making slurs about ethnic minorities. Braa was also a big fan of former Nazi leader Adolph Hitler, who he called Uncle Adolf, Graff was quoted as saying.
Braa was usually armed with a Ruger P85 Autoloader 9mm with a 15-round clip, Graff stated; his roommate was so fond of weapons he would not discard one even if it could be used as evidence, he told police. According to the roommate Braa always left his shirt untucked to conceal the gun he carried.
When shown surveillance video from the tavern, Graff quickly fingered his roommate, saying Thats Kevin.