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Third person arrested over ties to NC woman’s killing, in case that led to SC manhunt

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Horry County Solicitor Jimmy Richardson walks though the legal process from the time someone is arrested until the time they are sentenced.
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Horry County Solicitor Jimmy Richardson walks though the legal process from the time someone is arrested until the time they are sentenced.

Police arrested a third person in connection with a homicide investigation that stretched from the North Carolina into the South Carolina Midlands.

The Monroe, North Carolina, Police Department charged 30-year-old Kristen Chambers of Marshville, NC, with conspiracy to commit burglary and being an accessory to first-degree murder in the case of North Carolina woman. Chambers turned herself into the Union County jail in North Carolina, the department announced Tuesday.

Chambers is jailed at the Union County Detention Center on a $500,000 bond.

The murder victim, 29-year-old Lucero Sosa Capote, was a wife and mother of five in Monroe. She was shot and killed in July during a robbery at her home while she protected her children, people close with her said. The gunman also injured two of her children, police said.

Capote was remembered as a loving wife, mother, daughter and sister as well as being devout in her faith.

“She was a prayer warrior, stood strong in her faith for her husband, children, family and friends,” her obituary read. “She really fought the good fight.”

A fundraiser to help Capote’s children and husband has raised nearly $4,000 of a $25,000 goal.

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Later in July, police charged Byron Blair Watkins, 25, and Antwan David Sturdivant, 19, with Capote’s murder, robbery and other offenses.

Watkins, Byron
Byron Blair Watkins, wanted on a charge of murder in North Carolina police say, was found in Lexington, South Carolina. Provided by Monroe PD

Police arrested Watkins in Cayce, South Carolina, after a two-day manhunt that started at the state’s northern border and involved nine police agencies. A confidential tip led investigators to a camper behind a house in Cayce where Watkins was found.

If convicted Chambers, Watkins and Sturdivant could go to prison for life. Watkins and Sturdivant may face the death penalty.

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.
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