Photo by Gustavo Castillo [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Photo by Gustavo Castillo [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

A woman was charged Monday with the shooting death of a male friend in Carson, and her girlfriend was accused of being an accessory.

Vershonda Charisse Sneed, 29, is charged with one count of murder and a gun allegation. Tyshonda Marie Powell, 27, described by prosecutors as Sneed’s ‘girlfriend,’ faces one count of being an accessory after the fact.

The pair were scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon in a Compton courtroom. Prosecutors were expected to ask that bail be set at $2 million for Sneed and $20,000 for Powell.

Prosecutors said the female couple and the victim, 34-year-old Bobby King, were very good friends at one point, although not romantically involved. But tension had developed in the relationship.

On Thursday evening, Sneed and Powell allegedly waited for King at a friend’s Carson home in the 1100 block of East Turmont Street. When King arrived, Sneed allegedly shot him several times.

King was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Sneed was arrested as she drove away from the scene and a handgun was found in her vehicle, according to a sheriff’s deputy.

If convicted as charged, Sneed faces a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in prison, while Powell could be sentenced to three years in county jail.

— Wire reports and staff writer 

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