A woman has pleaded guilty to reduced charges in a killing says she will testify against two co-defendants, one of them accused of joining her in gambling with the dead man's money in Las Vegas.
April Frazier, 27, previously charged with first-degree murder in the slaying of Jerry Totten, 69, pleaded guilty Friday to second-degree manslaughter, first-degree burglary and first-degree rendering criminal assistance.
Under an agreement with Thurston County prosecutors, she also must testify against Michael Sublett and Christopher Olsen, who are scheduled for trial next month on first-degree murder charges.
Prosecutors said they would recommend that she be sentenced to four
years and five months in prison.
Frazier, Sublett and Totten, a retired glass installer and boating enthusiast with an extensive collection of old cars and other junk in his yard, became acquainted at Alcoholics Anonymous, investigators found.
Frazier was living in a trailer in Totten's yard in Tumwater for months before he was killed on Jan. 29.
According to her statement in court, she thought Sublett and Olsen were going to steal property but found he was dead afterward and helped hide his body.
She and Sublett were arrested the next month at a casino in Las Vegas.
Totten's body in his pickup truck, which was abandoned in a ditch near Shelton.
The vehicle was impounded Jan. 30 by the State Patrol but it was 11 days later that his remains were discovered wrapped in blankets beneath some debris under the canopy after his sister and mother reported him missing.