Redmond homicide suspect in custody and facing murder charges

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Redmond homicide suspect in custody and facing murder charges


Nov. 17 2020

Andrea Wolf-Buck, Public Information Officer

Redmond, Wash - First-degree murder charges were filed Friday against a 35-year-old man accused of shooting and killing his mother in their Redmond home in May of this year.

Charles Kramer, who had recently been staying with relatives in Arkansas, turned himself into police in Bentonville, Ark. on Monday evening. Kramer is currently in jail in Benton County, Ark., on $2 million bail while the extradition process back to King County is underway. Both Kramer and his family have been cooperative with police throughout the investigation.

Kramer is accused of killing his mother, 59-year-old Ramona Whited, on May 13, 2020, in the apartment they shared in the 9300 block of Avondale Road NE. During the autopsy, the King County Medical Examiner’s Office determined Whited had died from a single .22 caliber bullet wound to the back of the head. 

Kramer, who was the one to call in the discovery of his mother’s body initially, denied any involvement in her death.

Further investigation ruled out plausible possibilities that another person could be responsible. Kramer’s DNA was found on the trigger, barrel and magazine cap of a .22 caliber rifle found in the residence.

The investigation revealed that Kramer and Whited had a contentious relationship. Detectives learned she had been accused of being controlling, manipulative and sometimes abusive toward Kramer, who has an undiagnosed developmental delay.

The next steps in the case, including extradition to Washington, are currently being worked out between King County and Benton County officials.

Media contact: Andrea Wolf-Buck, RPD Public Information Officer, 425-440-1316,


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