Pasco homicide victim's brother says he believes man killed her, then killed himself

By Geoff Folsom, Tri-City HeraldMay 20, 2014 

Redonda Drive Homocide

Pasco police investigate the deaths of a man and woman found in a Pasco home at 7912 Redonda Drive on Monday morning.

SARAH GORDON — Tri-City Herald Buy Photo

The brother of a woman found dead Monday in her west Pasco home described her as a "beautiful person."

"She was one of the best people I knew in my life," said Lawrence Walker.

His sister, Monique V. Williams, 29, was found dead along with Aaron J. Newport, 36, in the home Williams owned at 7912 Redonda Drive, near Road 68.

Pasco police have yet to say what they believe happened. But Walker, who lives in Alaska, said he believes Newport killed his sister in her home about a week after she broke up with him, then he committed suicide.

Police said Tuesday that they found a gun, but wanted to wait until an autopsy was performed Thursday before releasing more information. They have said they are not searching for any suspects in the case.

"We believe a firearm has been used," said police Capt. Jim Raymond. "Who shot when, if there are gunshot wounds; we won't have that information until the autopsy is concluded."

Williams and Newport were found when police were asked to check on the couple. Investigators have not said when the shooting likely happened, but Walker said he believes it was during the weekend.

Williams worked as a nurse at Kadlec Regional Medical Center and was interested in studying to become a veterinarian, Walker said. She recently started a hobby of restoring furniture to make it look antique.

"She was always the person who, when she started something, she took it to the fullest," he said.

Newport worked in construction with a Kennewick company, and spent his free time racing Jet Skis, late-model cars, motorcycles and dirt bikes, his ex-wife, Whitney Ellison told the Herald on Monday.

Court records show Newport also had a history of domestic violence. He was found guilty in 2008 of two counts of fourth-degree assault, as well first-degree criminal trespass in Franklin County in connection with a December 2007 incident with Ellison. He was acquitted of burglary and a sexual assault.

In a letter to the judge, Ellison wrote that Newport broke into her apartment, bit her face, choked and threatened to kill her and continued to assault her.

"Aaron is not sorry for what he did," she wrote at the time. "He is only sorry that he got caught. Aaron is 30 years old and recently started dating a teenage girl. And the abuse cycle has already begun. I just hope and pray that she will not make the same mistakes I did. I pray she gets out alive."

At the time, Judge Craig Matheson sentenced Newport to a year in jail, with nine months in work release.

Newport also was charged with violating a pre-trial protection order when he grabbed Ellison by the neck in February 2008, according to court documents. He pleaded guilty to a reduced charge.

This week, a tearful Ellison said she and Newport parted ways after they split, but they had become friends again, would talk and were at peace with each other.

"I know what he did. I'm not stupid. I was married to him," she told the Herald. "The best way to describe him is he loves deeply, and he was passionate about the people in his life."

A Facebook page dedicated to the memory of Newport had more than 700 "likes" as of Tuesday evening. It calls him an "Awesome man, supporter of everything PWC (Personal Water Craft), friend to an entire community."

-- Geoff Folsom: 509-582-1543; gfolsom@tricityherald.com; Twitter: @GeoffFolsom

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