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Woman charged in fatal Lakewood Wal-Mart robbery to plead guilty

Post by Adam Lynn / The News Tribune on Oct. 29, 2010 at 11:47 am |
October 29, 2010 11:53 am

A former Lakewood Wal-Mart employee suspected of helping to plan the fatal robbery of an armored-car guard is scheduled to plead guilty next week.

Tonie Marie Williams-Irby, 43, previously pleaded not guilty to charges of aggravated first-degree murder, first degree murder, first-degree assault, first-degree robbery and two counts of criminal solicitation of first-degree robbery.

Pierce County Superior Court Judge Frederick Fleming is set to take Williams-Irby’s plea at 9:30 a.m. Monday, according to court records. ┬áIt could not be immediately determined what she’ll plead to.

Prosecutors contend Williams-Irby, who worked as a floor manager at the store until her arrest, provided her boyfriend and another man with inside information they used to plan the robbery of Kurt Husted.

Husted, 38, died June 1, 2009, after being shot in the head inside the store by one of two men who then stole a money bag from him. The shooter, Calvin Finley, pleaded guilty to aggravated murder in March and is serving a life sentence.

Williams-Irby’s boyfriend, Odies Walker, and Finley’s accomplice inside the store, Marshawn Turpin, are scheduled to go to trial next month.

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