Woman charged with shooting man in head in Lakewood after prostitution deal falls through

Staff writerAugust 21, 2013 

The two men planned to hit a strip club, but agreed to make it a night in with prostitutes after a woman who overheard them speaking outside a Lakewood motel offered to broker the deal.

Instead, one of the men landed in the hospital Friday after he was shot in the head for refusing to pay the woman after the deal fell apart.

The 65-year-old victim survived. Bonnie Teafatiller, 26, who told detectives she’s a “hustler,” has pleaded not guilty to first-degree attempted murder, second-degree assault, first-degree attempted robbery and second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm.

Pierce County Superior Court Judge Jerry Costello ordered Teafatiller held in lieu of $750,000 after prosecutors referred to her criminal record, which includes five felony convictions and four misdemeanor convictions.

The men were outside a Lakewood motel smoking cigarettes when Teafatiller heard them discussing plans to visit a strip club in Seattle, according to charging papers. She allegedly told them they could save money by letting her hook them up with a pair of prostitutes.

The men agreed and the trio went to pick up one of the prostitutes. The deal fell apart because they couldn’t agree on a price.

“The defendant then pulled out a gun and demanded that she be paid and that they take her to an ATM to get cash,” court records show.

The victim’s friend urged him to comply, but the victim refused.

“The defendant then fired three shots, hitting (the victim) once in the head,” charging papers state.

Teafatiller and the other woman fled. The men called 911 and waited in the car for help. The bullet went into the man’s right ear.

Both men were able to pick Teafatiller out of a photo lineup. During an interview with police, Teafatiller allegedly changed her story several times, first claiming she was in Auburn at the time of the shooting and then admitting to brokering the prostitution deal but claiming she left prior to the shooting.

She then allegedly blamed the other woman in the car, saying she fired the gun.

Teafatiller also told detectives she’s a gang member who went to the “OGs” for help and was sure they’d bail her out if she was charged in the case.

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