A former Lakewood Wal-Mart employee pleaded guilty this morning to murder and robbery charges in connection with the deadly shooting of an armored car guard last year.
Tonie Marie Williams-Irby, 43,was ordered held in Pierce County Jail without bail until her sentencing April 15. She pleaded guilty this morning to second-degree murder and first-degree robbery during a hearing before Pierce County Superior Court Judge Frederick Fleming. As part of the deal, she's expected to testify against the two remaining defendants in the fatal robbery.
News Tribune courts reporter Adam Lynn is in the courtroom, covering the hearing.
Williams-Irby originally was charged with aggravated first-degree murder, first degree murder, first-degree assault, first-degree robbery and two counts of criminal solicitation of first-degree robbery in the June 2, 2009, slaying of Kurt Husted at the Lakewood Wal-Mart.
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Prosecutors alleged Williams-Irby, who worked as a floor manager at the store until her arrest, provided her boyfriend and another man with inside information they used to plan the robbery of Husted.
Husted, 38, was 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 scheduled to go to trial next month.