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Grand jury no-bills three suspects in conspiracy to commit murder case

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Posted at 10:55 AM, Apr 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-08 12:39:37-04

A grand jury no-billed three suspects in the conspiracy to commit murder case from April on Wednesday.

Investigators with the McLennan County Sheriff's Office were able to stop a potential murder after a woman confessed her plan to a witness, according to an arrest affidavit. 

The witness told detectives 28-year-old Shonna Lynn Manson came to Waco on a Greyhound bus to visit the victim on April 7.

While the witness was driving Manson to a probation office in Waco, the witness asked Manson how long she would be in town, to which she replied, long enough to kill the victim, the affidavit said.

Manson told the witness her boyfriend, 36-year-old Jason Lee Maples, was going to come to Waco on a Greyhound bus. When the victim and Manson went to pick him up, they were going to steal merchandise from a Home Depot and take the victim somewhere to shoot her, the affidavit said.

The witness told investigators Manson was going to use a gun provided by 34-year-old Stefanie Mitchell Price, Manson's sister, to commit the murder. 

It was reported that Manson wanted to kill the victim for events in her past. Manson told the witness she and her children were molested by a man, and that the victim allowed it to happen. Manson also told the witness she killed the man and made it look like an accident. 

Investigators with the McLennan County Sheriff's Office discovered the man did die at his home, but did not confirm if Manson killed him. They also found that Maples did buy a Greyhound Bus ticket, which he boarded in Orlando, Florida on April 23 at 11:35 p.m.

The affidavit added Maples is a fugitive from justice in Texas. He was sentenced to 10 years incarceration in Florida on April 19 and did not report to the court. 

Maples and Manson were arrested on April 25 for conspiracy to commit murder. Maples was also charged with resisting arrest and possession of marijuana. Manson was wanted on four other warrants including dumping, failure to appear in court, driving with an unrestrained child and driving without a license. 

Price was arrested in Bastrop County and transported to the Bastrop County Jail. 

Price was apprehended by the McLennan County Sheriff's Office's FAST (Fugitive Apprehension and Special Tasks) Unit, which consisted of five deputies working with the Bastrop County Sheriff's deputies to make the arrest. 

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