[Blockquote]Brenda Nicholas has a long criminal history including 50 counts of first-degree theft. Nicholas is accused of taking more than $1 million from an 85-year-old woman. But now she is also charged with first-degree murder in the slaying of 70-year-old Francis Fleming.
Police said Charles Jungbluth, 51, and Gilda Ramirez, 49, tortured Fleming in his apartment , stabbed him, slit his throat and stole his valuable collection of coins. They are also charged in the case. But prosecutors said Nicholas was the brains behind the plan that led to the victim’s death.
“She was the mastermind behind murdering 70-year-old Francis Fleming in order to steal from him,” said Senior Deputy Prosecutor Carla Carlstrom in King County court on Thursday.[/blockquote]
Police said Fleming was nearly decapitated and there were signs he’d been tortured.