Woman charged with murder deleted texts after fatal shootout, according to warrant

LEXINGTON, S.C. (AP) – Arrest warrants say a woman charged in the death of an 8-year-old boy during a home invasion deleted text messages from her phone shortly after the shootout.

Authorities said 23-year-old Linda Lyn Monette planned to have someone break into the Lexington home where she lived on May 14 and steal several pounds of marijuana.

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The arrest warrants released Wednesday say that during the robbery 8-year-old Mason Hanahan was shot in the head and killed.

The warrants say Hanahan’s father was shot in the stomach as he and the robber fired at each other.

Monette is charged with murder and drug charges, while a second person, 24-year-old Reynerio Romero Jr., is charged with accessory to murder before the fact. It wasn’t known if either person had a lawyer.

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