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Woman set to plead guilty in shooting death at Lakewood park

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on Sep. 19, 2012 at 10:58 am |
September 19, 2012 10:58 am

A 19-year-old woman is expected to plead guilty today to charges that she helped her boyfriend rob and kill a man at a Lakewood park last year.

Bethany Ann Tesfaye and Ramone Lee Daniels are charged with first-degree murder and first-degree robbery in the March 31, 2011, shooting death of Elias Lopez Lopez.

Daniels is scheduled to go to trial next month.

Lopez Lopez, 25, met Tesfaye through another person and the two exchanged text messages. They decided to meet when he returned from a trip to Oregon.

Tesfaye allegedly told Daniels, her boyfriend, she planned to rob Lopez Lopez and they concocted a plan.

According to charging papers:

Lopez Lopez picked Tesfaye up and drove to the parking lot of a mobile home park. They then walked to Wards Lake Park, where they sat and talked for a while.

Tesfaye told investigators Daniels jumped out of the bushes and hit Lopez Lopez on the side of the head with a gun, fracturing his skull.

As Lopez Lopez ran away, Daniels fired two shots and struck Lopez Lopez in the back of the head. Daniels then rifled the victim’s pockets, stealing his wallet, keys, cellphone and cash.

Tesfaye was tied to the crime after detectives matched her booking photo to a photo she took of herself in the mirror and sent to Lopez Lopez’s cellphone. The victim had forwarded the picture to a relative, who turned it over to police after the slaying.

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