February 11, 2006 - Posted at 12:26 p.m. CST
ST. LOUIS (AP) _ A 23-year-old St. Louis woman faces life in
prison for her role in the torture death of a woman who was killed
so she wouldn't testify in a murder case.
Crystal Barge was convicted yesterday in St. Louis of
first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the May 2000 death
of 19-year-old Danielle Montgomery. Barge and two co-defendants _
Charaty White and Sherlene Franklin _ beat, stabbed and choked
Officials say Montgomery's boyfriend, Charles Liston, who was in
jail awaiting trial for murder, persuaded White and Franklin to
kill Montgomery. They enlisted Barge to help.
Liston and White are serving life sentences. Franklin struck a
deal, agreeing to testify in exchange for life in prison plus 15
years. She's scheduled to be sentenced next week.