TACOMA, Wash. - A 17-year-old was arrested in connection with a brutal beating death of a Lakewood man, and investigators said more arrests are expected to be made.
Aileenah Horton is a suspect in connection with the slaying of 51-year-old Dean Barker, whose body was found dumped outside of a vacant home in Graham on Sept. 8.
Investigators are seeking at least three other men believed to be responsible for the man’s death.
According to investigators, there are allegations that the victim was sexually abusing underage girls.
“There may have been some accusations originally that he was the suspect in some sex crimes against some mutual friends of these people. We haven’t proven that yet,” said Detective Ed Troyer of the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.
Investigators said Horton and the other accomplices targeted Barker twice. Once, kidnapping and beating him before driving him to Oregon where he was left.
Detectives with the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department said Barker returned, tracked down the group and went after them for revenge.
Barker was overpowered, tied up and beaten to death.
KIRO 7 Eyewitness News reporter Kevin McCarty spoke with Horton’s grandfather, Tom Birch, and he said Horton has a history with run-ins with the law, but nothing like this case.
“Not that she would do anything like this, I have faith in her as far as that,” said Birch. “She’s been running around with the wrong people, so apparently she was somewhere that she shouldn’t have been.”
Even though Horton is not 18, she will be charged as an adult in this case. She is being held on $2 million bail.