Pierce County prosecutors have charged a 30-year-old woman in connection with the videotaped torture of a young man who was later killed.
Prosecutors allege Aleeya Dawn Freeman lured the victim, who was known as “Cool Aid” but has yet to be identified, to the Lakewood apartment where he was bound and gagged with duct tape and then tortured with a knife sometime last year.
Freeman pleaded not guilty Thursday to first-degree murder. She was ordered held in Pierce County Jail in lieu of $2 million bail, according to court documents.
Freeman is the third person to be charged in the case, which came to light in February after a disk containing a 19-minute video of the victim’s torture was dropped of at the Spokane Police Department.
Last month, prosecutors charged Michael Crosman and Maalo Semu Samaota, 30, with aggravated first-degree murder. Crosman pleaded not guilty and was ordered held in lieu of $5 million bail. A warrant has been issued for Samaota’s arrest. Police believe he might be in the Portland area.
Investigators determined the videotaped attacked occurred in a Lakewood apartment near the Starlight Drive-In Theatre. Crosman and Samaota were living in the apartment at the time of the attack, which is believed to have occurred last July.
Crosman has told detectives the slaying was payback for the victim stealing a vehicle full of drugs. Crosman is believed to have recorded the crime while Samaota wielded a knife and taunted the victim.
A witness told detectives that Freeman had lured the victim to the apartment, charging documents filed Thursday state. Freeman told detectives that she had been contacted by Samaota, who asked her to get a man known as “Cool Aid” to the apartment under the pretense that she wanted to buy drugs from him.
“Freeman acknowledged that she knew ‘Cool Aid’ would be physically harmed,” charging documents state.
The victim in the video has not been identified, but investigators believe the remains found March 10 near Harts Lake in eastern Pierce County belong to him. Testing on the remains found at Harts Lake is being done.
The charging documents filed Thursday also noted the Harts Lake victim was shot in the leg.