Michael A. Brower, viewed on video screen during his preliminary appearance in Thurston County Superior Court on Thursday, May 21. Brower has been charged with second-degree murder.

A trial date has been set for a 32-year-old Yelm man who pleaded not guilty to one count of second-degree murder after he was arrested May 20 for allegedly killing his wife. 

His arraignment was held June 2. 

Michael A. Brower, a resident of the Clearwood Community, is due to appear in court at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 8, with a trial confirmation set for Thursday, Aug. 27. 

He is currently being held in Thurston County Jail without bail. 

According to court documents, the charges stem from an incident on Wednesday, May 20, when Brower allegedly shot and killed his 30-year-old wife, Tuyen Dang Ngoc Brower, during a domestic dispute.  

Deputies with the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the 21900 block of Beachside Drive Southeast in the Clearwood Community at about 8:50 p.m. after a call made by Brower. 

“During the call the defendant was hysterical and screaming things like ‘stay with me baby.’ The defendant was counting as though he was performing CPR … At some point during the 911 call the defendant stated that he had shot his wife in the chest while moving a rifle,” court documents state. 

When law enforcement officials arrived, they found Brower performing CPR on his wife’s body. When medics arrived, they determined she was dead. 

According to Thurston County Coroner Gary Warnock, a May 22 autopsy revealed Ngoc Brower died as a result of a single gunshot wound to the torso. 

Four children — ages 3, 5, 6 and 9 years of age — were in another room of the home when the death took place. Emergency responders spoke with the oldest child, who said their parents were “arguing, and mom was throwing things.” 

Brower allegedly told the children to go back to their room. The children reported hearing a loud bang and then heard Brower pick up a phone to call 911. 

Neighbors interviewed by the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office said Brower had a long history of assaulting Ngoc Brower. 

“One witness estimated at least 40 separate conversations with the alleged victim in which the alleged victim disclosed the defendant had been assaulting her,” court documents read. 

According to court documents, Brower said he served more than three years in the United States Marine Corps and was discharged in 2010. During his service, Brower was deployed to Iraq, he said. 

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