Woman charged with murder

By Brian Knox | Published Saturday, September 22, 2018
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A Rhome woman has been charged with murder in connection to the shooting death of a man last week inside her home.

Marie Kendale Kimani

Marie Kendale Kimani, 35, was arrested at her home in the 12600 block of Forest Lawn Road in the Shale Creek Neighborhood east of Rhome late Wednesday night after investigators with the Wise County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at the home.

According to the search warrant affidavit on file, Wise County dispatch received an emergency call about a possible suicide at Kimani’s home at 7:16 p.m. Sept. 14. Officers arrived to find a man – identified as 40-year-old Jonathan Tumbo – dead with a single gunshot wound to the chest. Tumbo was found inside the master bedroom closet.

“The suspected party (Kimani) stated she had been in an argument with the male over a phone call with another female,” the affidavit states.

She told officers that Tumbo entered the closet and asked her to follow him. That’s when she said he placed his hand around her throat and produced a gun.

“A physical altercation ensued and (Kimani) was able to gain control of the firearm. (Kimani) stated the firearm discharged, striking the male on the left side of the chest. (Kimani) told deputies she did not mean to kill him,” the affidavit states.

Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin said investigators determined the argument began in the house, continued outside in the yard and then continued when the two returned inside the house.

Akin said a 9 mm handgun was used in the shooting.

Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Mandy Hays ordered an autopsy, and Tumbo’s body was sent to the Dallas County Medical Examiners Office.

The affidavit does not indicate the relationship between Tumbo and Kimani, but a press release issued by the Sheriff’s Office Thursday indicated the two were former spouses. Wise County Appraisal District records list both names as owners of the home where the shooting took place.

Civil court records indicate Kimani filed for divorce from Tumbo in June, and their divorce was finalized Aug. 24. They had been married since April of 2009, according to the court record.

The search warrant affidavit states that over the next few days after the shooting, as evidence was collected and additional information was received following the autopsy, investigators sought a secondary search warrant on the home.

“Subsequent follow up investigation by WCSO investigators and related evidence was not consistent with Kimani’s account of a physical altercation,” the Sheriff’s Office stated in a news release.

That secondary search warrant for items such as firearms, ammunition, cell phone data, computers and trace evidence such as blood, DNA and fingerprints was executed Wednesday night at the home, which led to Kimani’s arrest.

Kimani remained in the Wise County Jail Friday with bond set at $1 million.

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