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Forum News Service, Published March 05 2014

Duluth woman pleads guilty in stabbing death

DULUTH - A Duluth woman has pleaded guilty to her role in the 2012 killing of her former landlord.

Joella Lee Tucker, 32, entered the plea Wednesday in State District Court to an amended charge of aiding and abetting second-degree murder. The plea was the result of an agreement with prosecutors.

Judge Mark Munger ordered a presentence investigation of Tucker’s background. A sentencing date has not yet been set.

In entering the plea, Tucker admitted that she assisted in the stabbing death of Kevin Tyman, 54, who was killed in his duplex in December 2012.

Her co-defendant, Raymond Charles Weeks, 43, of Two Harbors, also appeared in court Wednesday. He is charged with intentional second-degree murder, and his next hearing is set for May 13.

Tyman died at a Duluth hospital after being stabbed at his apartment Dec. 21, 2012. A medical examiner concluded that he died of a single stab wound to the right side of his abdomen, resulting in a laceration of his liver.