Woman pleads guilty in death of Lakewood man whose body was dumped near Graham

Staff writerAugust 23, 2013 

An 18-year-old woman pleaded guilty Friday to first-degree manslaughter in the death of a Lakewood man who was robbed, kidnapped and killed last year.

Aileenah Horton faces up to nine years, six months in prison when she’s sentenced Sept. 6, Pierce County deputy prosecutor Jim Schacht said.

Horton originally was charged with first-degree murder, first-degree kidnapping and first-degree robbery in the death of Dean Barker, 51.

Barker was robbed, tied up, beaten and strangled in September 2012. His body was discovered Sept. 8 outside a house for sale in Graham.

Eight people were charged in the case.

The motive remains unclear. Horton and another woman told police the co-defendants were angry at Barker because he’d sexually molested two of the women in the weeks before his death and might have had something to do with the temporary disappearance of a young girl.

Prosecutors said they have no evidence either of the allegations is true.

Horton cooperated with detectives after her arrest, and her role in Barker’s death was not as substantial as some of the other co-defendants, according to court records.

Another defendant, Joshua Benjamin Stevens, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder, robbery and kidnapping earlier this year in a deal that would see the murder charge dropped if he continues to cooperate with prosecutors.

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