Woman pleads guilty to murder in death of Lakewood man

Staff writerDecember 2, 2013 

A 33-year-old woman pleaded guilty Monday to second-degree murder in the death of a Lakewood man who was strangled, beaten and robbed before his body was dumped outside a house for sale in Graham last year.

Angela King, who originally was charged with first-degree murder, robbery and kidnapping, is to be sentenced Dec. 13, court records show.

Eight people were charged with crimes related to Dean Barker's death. All but three have been convicted. The others are scheduled to go on trial early next year.

Barker died either late Sept. 7 or very early Sept. 8, 2012.

A group of people confronted him in a Tacoma home and bound him before some of them drove away with him in a car, court records said.

Barker's body was found Sept. 8.

People in the group were angry with Barker the day he died, court records show.

King allegedly had spread rumors among the group that Barker had sexually assaulted her and had something to do with the temporary disappearance of a young girl. Prosecutors have said they have no evidence either of those allegations is true.

Barker was beaten, robbed and tied up at a house in Tacoma before King drove him and another man to Graham, where they met up with several others, court records show.

King told police Barker got out of her car, and she then drove away.




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