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Thursday, September 14, 2000 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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NEWSWATCH

Woman guilty of murder in botched robbery

Seattle Times staff: Seattle Times news services

EVERETT - It took a Snohomish County Superior Court jury only about two hours yesterday to find a 19-year-old Seattle woman guilty of first-degree murder in a drug robbery gone awry.

Jurors also found Kimberly Carter guilty of witness tampering and of a firearms charge. She faces a standard range of 25 to 30 years for the three convictions. Sentencing was scheduled for Oct. 6.

Carter, the mother of two, was accused of plotting with a boyfriend and others to rob a drug dealer of cash and potent marijuana he'd just gotten from Canada.

But when Carter's boyfriend and another man robbed the house where the dealer was renting a room, prosecutors say, the boyfriend fatally shot landlord David Donaldson.

Carter was not present at the robbery but she was charged as an accomplice and the "mastermind." Carter did not testify at her trial, nor were there any other defense witnesses. Her attorney told jurors she did not know her boyfriend would be armed.

Carter's boyfriend, Andrew Raymond, and a friend, Albert Jaquez, also are charged with murder. Their trials tentatively are scheduled to begin Monday.

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