1st degree murder charges in Wal-Mart robbery


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Posted on August 15, 2009 at 1:44 PM

Updated Monday, Sep 28 at 3:45 PM

Video: Robbers go on shopping spree after Wal-Mart shooting

TACOMA, Wash. - Two of the suspects in the deadly shooting and robbery at a Lakewood Wal-Mart Tuesday went on a shopping spree that same day, according to court documents.

All four suspects were charged with murder in Pierce County Superior Court Thursday afternoon.

Calvin Finley, 37, and Marshawn Alex Turpin, 20, are charged with aggravated first-degree murder. They are being held on $5 million bail. Because of the aggravated circumstances, they could face the death penalty.

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Tonie Marie Williams-Irby, 42, and Odies Delandus Walker, 41 are charged with first-degree murder and are held on $2 million bail.

Prosecutors say the robbery had been in the planning stages for about a month.

During a Wal-Mart staff meeting, Williams-Irby, a floor manager at the store, learned how much money came in and out. Prosecutors say Williams-Irby thought robbing an armored car could bring in hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Investigators say she and Walker, her boyfriend, recruited Turpin and Finley to go into the store. Prosecutors say Finley fired the shot that killed 39-year-old armored car guard Kurt Husted while Turpin's job was to grab the bag of cash and checks.

Police say video of the shooting suggests Husted was executed and that shooting him was part of the plan.

"The amount of time that passes from the time the shooter walks up and pulls the trigger appears to be about two seconds," said Pierce County Deputy Prosecutor Lindquist.

Prosecutors say, while the robbery was very well planned, the exit strategy was not. All four suspects were captured in just over 24 hours.

"In one sense, this was a very sophisticated robbery, but in another sense this was amateur city," said Mark Lindquist.

After the robbery, prosecutors say Williams-Irby and Walker went on a shopping spree and to dinner at Red Lobster. After their arrest Tuesday night, police found $20,000 in a safe in their home.

Finley was also found with $20,000 in a safe in the trunk of his car when he was stopped by police in Fife.

Prosecutors say Finley confessed to shooting Husted in the face, but said it was not intentional.

When asked if he had anything to say to the families, Turpin allegedly said "I wouldn't apologize. What would that do? He's already gone."

When asked how he would feel if he had gotten away with it, prosecutors say Turpin told police, "Bad, but I would have gotten over it because of the money."

A customer, Wilbert Pina, was shot in the shoulder by the same bullet that killed Husted. He had just put down his son in a shopping cart when he was shot. He is recovering at home, but doctors say it may do more harm than good to remove the bullet.

Detectives are also looking at the possibility that the suspects are connected with a string of takeover robberies around Puget Sound.