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BREAKING: Relative of Belmont hacking victims charged with drug crime

Shawn Carter

Shawn Carter

The man taken into custody hours after his mother and brother were found hacked to death in Belmont last month has been charged with sale of a narcotic drug. Shawn Carter, whom officials have not discussed in connection to the death of his family members, is scheduled for a trial today in Franklin’s district court and could have been released this afternoon.

Carter is currently being held on $200 cash bail on a charge of driving after his license was revoked or suspended. Carter was pulled over and subsequently charged with that violation shortly after his family members were found dead May 24. On that day the police had issued an alert warning that Carter could be armed and dangerous.

Carter will now be arraigned today on a charge of sale of a narcotic drug. According to the complaint, Carter sold cocaine to a state trooper on March 14, 2012, in Tilton.

The drugs were tested on May 8, according to an affidavit in the case. The affidavit is signed May 31 but Carter wasn’t charged until today, according to the complaint.

This story will be updated after Carter’s hearing, which is scheduled for 1 p.m.

(Tricia L. Nadolny can be reached at 369-3306 or tnadolny@cmonitor.com or on Twitter at @tricia_nadolny.)

Correction: A previous version of this story was unclear about the year Carter sold cocaine to a state trooper. It was March 14, 2012.

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