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Robbery suspect has gang ties, records show

One of the people accused of taking an active role in planning the killing and robbery of an armored car guard in Lakewood last week belonged to a Chicago street gang before moving to the Tacoma area, according to court records obtained by The News Tribune.

A witness told police that Odies D. Walker, 41, is a “hardcore Black Gangster Disciple” from Chicago who has “previously been shot several times,” according to the court records.

Another witness, Walker’s adult son, told investigators his father “was a BGD from long ago and had been active in gang life in Chicago before moving to Washington to escape gang life,” the documents state.

A Chicago homicide detective contacted by Lakewood police shortly after the shooting June 2 at the Lakewood Wal-Mart confirmed Walker’s Chicago gang ties. The detective e-mailed the local investigators a mug shot taken after one of Walker’s arrests there, according to the records.

The News Tribune also has learned that Walker, known as “Smoke” on the streets, owes more than $55,000 in child support.

The state Department of Social and Health Services recently filed a lien against him in Pierce County seeking payment of the money, according to records on file with the Auditor’s Office.

Pierce County prosecutors have charged Walker with first-degree murder and first-degree robbery in the death of Kurt Husted, 38, the Loomis armored car guard who was shot to death during last week’s robbery.

Walker pleaded not guilty and is being held in jail in lieu of $2 million bail.

Court records indicate Walker and girlfriend Tonie Marie Williams-Irby, 42, planned the robbery and recruited two others to help them carry it out. Prosecutors say nearly $60,000 in cash and another $140,000 in checks were stolen in the heist.

Williams-Irby worked at the Wal-Mart and had information about Husted’s schedule and the amount of money he carried out of the store, according to court records.

She, too, has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and first-degree robbery.

Detectives believe Walker drove the getaway car that carried alleged shooter Calvin Finley, 34, and suspected accomplice Marshawn Turpin, 20, away after the shooting.

Finley and Turpin both have pleaded not guilty to aggravated first-degree murder and other charges and are being held in lieu of $5 million bail each.

Hours after the robbery, Walker and Williams-Irby took their children on a shopping spree and then to a $175 dinner at a local Red Lobster, court records state.

Adam Lynn: 253-597-8655

adam.lynn@thenewstribune.com

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