A 17-year-old girl is being held in the Pierce County Jail in lieu of $2 million bail in connection with the murder of a Lakewood man found beaten and bound in the Graham area earlier this month.
Pierce County prosecutors have until Tuesday to decide what charges to file against Aileenah Horton, who made her first appearance in Superior Court this afternoon. She’s being prosecuted as an adult.
Deputy prosecutor Phil Sorensen said several more arrests are likely in the coming days.
Pierce County sheriff’s detectives believe Horton played a part in the death of 51-year-old Dean Barker, whose body was discovered Sept. 8 in the driveway of a vacant house in the 22100 block of 124th Avenue East. Sorensen declined to characterized her alleged part in the crime pending a charging decision. He did say Horton admitted having met Barker on at least one previous occasion.
The deputy prosecutor said Barker might have been the victim of a kidnapping and robbery before he was killed. Barker was tied up and his mouth taped over before being beaten and strangled, Sorensen said.
Horton has a felony record as a juvenile and was classified as a runaway at the time of her arrest, Sorensen added.