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.
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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