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Pair set up Mansfield drug heist that turned deadly, affidavit says

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Two young Arlington women set up the residents of a north Mansfield house last month for a home invasion robbery of drugs and money that ended with a fatal shooting, according to their arrest warrant affidavits.

Megan Holt, 19, and Ariana Bharrat, 20, face capital murder charges in the death of Ethan Walker, 21. They did not shoot Walker, according to the affidavits, but arranged for the gunmen to enter the house.

Much of the information in the affidavits was given by a third woman whose name was deleted from the documents. The affidavits, issued July 28, were obtained by the Star-Telegram on Friday.

This is the account:

On the night of July 25, Holt drove Bharrat and the third woman to a house in the 1500 block of Aspen Court, ostensibly to smoke marijuana with a man who lived there.

The resident let them in and locked the door behind them because, he said, he had been recently robbed. They all went to a room where they smoked marijuana. Bharrat and Holt began “acting weird, going in and out of the room,” the unnamed witness said. Holt went to the kitchen to get a drink of water three times in 20 minutes, she said.

The witness could see a group text message of “hit a lick” and “is it a go” on Bharrat’s phone. Holt’s name was in the group.

The Mansfield detective writing the affidavits noted that “hit a lick” means to rob a person or burglarize a home.

The resident later told detectives that the women had not been there long when other people charged in. The resident believes that one of the women unlocked the front door.

The home invaders stole drugs and money. Walker was shot as the robbers ran out the front door. The resident who let the women into the house was shot in the shoulder when he fought with a robber. A third resident was injured and was treated at the scene.

The three women ran out of the house behind the robbers and drove away in Holt’s car, the unnamed woman said.

Police were dispatched to the house at 10:40 p.m. Walker died at 11:29 p.m. at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth.

Questioning of witnesses led police to arrest Holt on July 27 and Bharrat on July 28. Latharian Merritt, 22, was arrested Aug. 3. Sean Robinson, 19, was arrested Aug. 11.

Four juveniles have also been detained, and more arrests are possible, police said.

Holt and Bharrat remained in the Tarrant County Jail on Friday with bail set at $500,000 each. Each faces a charge of capital murder. Bharrat also is being held on unrelated charges of theft, speeding and drug possession.

Merritt, of Killeen, remained in jail with bail set at a total of $145,000. He faces a capital murder charge and is also held on a probation violation in Bell County and a warrant for theft of a firearm in Killeen, according to jail records.

Robinson, of Grand Prairie, was in jail with bail set at a total of $800,000. He faces a charge of capital murder, attempted capital murder and two counts of aggravated robbery.

This report includes material from Star-Telegram archives.

Domingo Ramirez Jr.: 817-390-7763, @mingoramirezjr

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