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Woman to stand trial in slaying of medical marijuana figure

September 27, 2011 |  9:54 am

Photo: Philip Victor Williamson. Credit: Long Beach Police Department A woman will stand trial in connection with the slaying of a Los Angeles medical marijuana distributor, a judge has ruled.

After a preliminary hearing in Long Beach, it was determined that there was enough evidence to try Rosemary Sayegh, 32, of Granada Hills as an accessory to murder in the killing of 29-year-old Philip Victor Williamson, the Long Beach Press-Telegram reported.

Sayegh and her husband, Marcel Mackabee, also of Granada Hills, were arrested in late July. Mackabee is charged with murder in the case.

Williamson's body was found in a Long Beach alley in March with a gunshot wound, according to a Long Beach police statement.

Police said he was involved in the distribution of medical marijuana, which he obtained in Chico and doled out to medical marijuana collectives around Los Angeles County.

He may have had several pounds of marijuana and up to $500,000 on him when he was shot, police said.

Police have said they believe that Williamson was killed for his money and marijuana, and they have focused their investigation on people close to him who were part of his business organization.

They arrested Mackabee in Chico and Sayegh in Granada Hills.


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Photo: Philip Victor Williamson. Credit: Long Beach Police Department