Man sentenced to 34 years in 2006 cold-case murder

Man sentenced to 34 years in 2006 cold-case murder

In April, 30 year old Brandon Lee Farmer was sentenced to 407 months in prison for the 2006 shooting death of Velma Tirado. In 2014, Tacoma Police Department cold-case detectives received a tip that led to Farmer’s arrest. Earlier this month, a jury convicted Farmer of murder in the first degree.

“Our cold-case project continues its string of successes,” said Prosecutor Mark Lindquist. “Justice was delayed, but not denied. Collaboration between the Tacoma Police Department, Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, and our office has resulted in several convictions with more to come.”

On Aug. 27, 2006, Farmer and his friend, Dusty Titus, picked up Tirado, who was working as a prostitute in downtown Tacoma. They drove to a nearby alley. When they finished the sex act, Farmer drew a revolver and shot Tirado in the head. Farmer and Titus fled the scene.

No suspects were identified in the initial investigation and the case was referred to the Tacoma Police Department’s Cold Case Unit. In October 2014, the Tacoma Police Department received a phone call from investigators in California. Titus said he was the driver of the truck involved in Tirado’s murder. A Tacoma Police Department detective and an FBI Special Agent interviewed Titus, who identified Farmer as the shooter. Farmer then admitted that he was present during the murder.

Farmer was extradited back to Washington from West Virginia, where he was in custody on unrelated charges.