Man pleads not guilty in 2006 Tacoma homicide

A man suspected of killing a 45-year-old woman on the streets of Tacoma nearly nine years ago pleaded not guilty Thursday in Pierce County Superior Court.

Brandon Lee Farmer is charged with first-degree murder in the Aug. 27, 2006, shooting death of Velma Tirado, 45.

Pierce County prosecutors contend Farmer, 29, hired Tirado to perform a sex act on him and then shot her in the head afterward.

The case went uncharged until November when a man who allegedly was with Farmer that night contacted police to tell them what he knew, court records show.

Farmer, who had been in custody in West Virginia on unrelated charges, was extradited to Pierce County this week for arraignment.

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