Crime & Courts

Drug arrest connected with Lexington home where 8-year-old was shot, warrant says

Lexington County deputies have filed a drug charge against a woman who lives at the Lexington home where a gunman killed a child early Tuesday, according to an arrest warrant.

Lexington deputies charged Linda Lyn Monette with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, according to the warrant. She was charged Tuesday.

The warrant says Monette possessed between 28 grams and 10 pounds of marijuana at 112 Cedar Vale Dr.

On Tuesday, the house was the site of a home invasion and shootout just after midnight. In the exchange of bullets, 8-year-old Mason Hanahan was caught in the crossfire. He was pronounced dead shortly after being taken to a hospital, Coroner Margaret Fisher said.

The warrant says police found a large amount of money in the home as well as packing materials typically used to sell marijuana. The items were found while investigators searched the house following the shootout.

Police are still trying to identify the man who drove away from the house after the shots were fired. The intruder may have been shot, police said in a news release. Authorities have no description of the man because he wore a mask.

Monette is being held at Lexington County Detention Center on a $20,000 bond, jail records show.

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David Travis Bland won the South Carolina Press Association’s 2017 Judson Chapman Award for community journalism. As The State’s crime, police and public safety reporter, he strives to inform communities about crimes that affect them and give deeper insight into victims, the accused and law enforcement. He studied history with a focus on the American South at the University of South Carolina.