Lakewood police are searching for a woman they believe set up a robbery that turned deadly earlier this year.
Pierce County Superior Court Judge Frank Cuthbertson on Tuesday issued a warrant for Kisha L. Fisher’s arrest. Fisher, 36, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Lenard Masten.
Masten, 39, died Jan. 16 after being gunned down on a sidewalk outside an apartment complex in the 5500 block of Chicago Avenue Southwest.
Prosecutors contend two men – Mario M. Steele and Corey Trosclair – attacked Masten intending to rob him. Masten was shot during the confrontation.
Steele, 35, and Trosclair, 41, have been arrested and charged with first-degree murder. They’ve pleaded not guilty. Steele is jailed in lieu of $500,000 bail; Trosclair in lieu of $1 million bail.
Steele told detectives it was Fisher, his live-in girlfriend, who suggested the men rob Masten and called the victim to set up a meeting, court records show.
“(Fisher) had previously dated Masten and knew he was a drug dealer,” prosecutors wrote in court papers. “Additionally, she was mad at him because he had spread rumors about her being a prostitute.”
Fisher knew she would get a cut of any proceeds from the robbery, court records show.
“(Fisher) and Steele made a $1,000 back rent payment the day after the murder,” the records state.