3 charged in murder plot no-billed by grand jury

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Three people who were arrested in connection with a suspected plot to kill a McLennan County woman have been no-billed by a McLennan County Grand jury,  who ruled there was insufficient evidence to continue prosecution.

Shonna Lynn Manson had been had been charged in the plot to kill her mother.

She was arrested after an informant had told authorities that when she asked Manson how long she would be in the area, allegedly told her just long enough to kill her mother.

Her boyfriend, Jason Maples was arrested after he got off a bus after taking a round-about route to Waco from Florida.

Manson’s sister, Stefanie Price was arrested last after being found in Bastrop County.

Court papers indicate that 28-year-old Shonna Lynn Manson told another woman that she planned to kill her mother for allowing her step father to molest her and her children and that woman took the information to authorities.

The informant told a McLennan County Sheriff Office investigator that she had taken Manson to the probation office in Waco to get her probation transferred from Florida to Waco and was told that Manson only planned to stay long enough kill her mother.

The arrest affidavit quotes the informant as saying Manson talked of her boyfriend Jason Maples being on his way by bus and that when she and her mother went to pick him up, they would first steal some items from a local store, then take her mother somewhere and shoot her.

She also told the informant that her sister had obtained a gun for use in the killing.

Manson was still in the McLennan County Jail Friday, being held on unrelated charges out of Florida.

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April 29 2021 07:00 pm

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