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Lakewood: Plea expected soon in Wal-Mart slaying

A former Lakewood Wal-Mart employee suspected of helping plan the fatal robbery of an armored-car guard is expected to plead guilty next week.

Tonie Marie Williams-Irby, 43, previously pleaded not guilty to charges of aggravated first-degree murder, first-degree murder, first-degree assault, first-degree robbery and two counts of criminal solicitation of first-degree robbery.

Pierce County Superior Court Judge Frederick Fleming is set to take Williams-Irby’s plea at 9:30 a.m. Monday, court records say. Deputy prosecutor Dawn Farina declined Friday to discuss the agreement ahead of Monday’s hearing.

Prosecutors say that Williams-Irby, who worked as a floor manager at the store , provided her boyfriend and another man with inside information they used to plan the robbery of Kurt Husted.

Husted, 38, died June 1, 2009, after being shot in the head inside the store by one of two men who then stole a money bag from him. The shooter, Calvin Finley, pleaded guilty to aggravated murder in March and is serving a life sentence.

Williams-Irby’s boyfriend, Odies Walker, and Finley’s accomplice inside the store, Marshawn Turpin, are to go to trial in March.

Adam Lynn, staff writer