May 3rd, 2010
11:41 AM ET

Arrest made in connection to popular D.C. principal's death

[Updated at 9:11 p.m.] The District of Columbia principal who was found shot to death in his home last month met his alleged killers on a phone chat line, authorities said at a news conference Monday where they announced arrests in connection with the slaying.

Two men have been charged in the killing of Brian Betts, 42. They have been identified as Alonte Saunders, of an unknown address, and Sharif Tau Lancaster, who resides in the District of Columbia, police said.

The suspects, both 18, have been charged with first degree murder, armed robbery and the use of a handgun in a felony crime of violence, according to Officer Melanie Brenner of the Montgomery County, Maryland, Police Department.

Brenner said charges against a third unidentified suspect, also 18, are pending. Earlier, police said a fourth person was arrested in connection with the slaying of Betts. Artura Otey Williams, 46, was charged with two counts of knowingly receiving a stolen credit card with the intent to use it.

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[Posted at 11:41 a.m.] A woman has been arrested in connection with the slaying of a popular District of Columbia school principal, authorities said Monday.

Montgomery County, Maryland police spokeswoman Melanie Brenner told CNN the suspect is 46 years old.

"She was arrested this morning," Brenner said. "She's being held in Washington."

Brenner would not disclose the identity of the woman or reveal further details about the suspect, but said "there's a good chance" of additional arrests. Brenner also added that two search warrants were served at separate Washington locations earlier Monday.

News of the arrest comes two days after a public memorial was held for the victim, Brian Betts.

His body was discovered in his house on April 15 in Silver Spring, Maryland. The 42-year-old, who was a principal at Shaw Middle School, did not show up for work that morning, officials said.

- CNN's Gabriel Falcon and Rick Martin contributed to this report.

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