Woman pleads guilty to role in murder of Memphis minister

Lashonda Williams, 25, pled guilty to her role in the robbery and murder of a Memphis minister two years ago, Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich said.

Williams was sentenced to 15 years in prison for facilitation to commit first-degree murder in the death of Don A. Smith, 72, a pastor at Prospect Park Missionary Baptist Church.

Last month, Williams testified during the trial of her codefendant and boyfriend, Roger Reed, Jr.

Reed, 25, was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison. Additionally, Reed was convicted of especially aggravated robbery. He will be sentenced for that charge on Sept. 22.

On Nov. 1, Smith’s body was discovered in a wooded area in the 3800 block of Lichterman Road.

According to investigators, after Reed and Williams got into a vehicle with Smith and reached an agreement for a sexual transaction, Reed shot Smith in the head, and took his watch along with $40.

The pair then disposed of Smith’s body and fled to Mississippi where they were arrested four days later in Smith’s white Buick LaCrosse.