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Arrest made in killing of Dallas mom who was trying to sell iPhone

An arrest has been made in the killing of a Dallas mother whose family said she was shot while trying to sell her daughter’s iPhone through the OfferUp app.

Lonzell Hunter, 22, was arrested by Southwest Division patrol officers Wednesday morning, Deputy Police Chief Thomas Castro said.

Martha Teran, 42, was fatally shot Sunday evening in a parking lot outside Medieval Times.

Her family told WFAA-TV that she had gone to the parking lot with her daughter to sell her daughter’s iPhone to a potential buyer she met through OfferUp.

Hunter, according to an arrest warrant affidavit, met Teran in the parking lot after he agreed online to buy the phone. When he arrived, Hunter took the phone from Teran and shot her one time, the affidavit said.

Teran was taken to Parkland Memorial Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

After the shooting, Hunter drove away in a white Infiniti four-door car, according to the affidavit. A witness described the vehicle to police, providing the first two digits of the license plate.

A witness “who was standing in close proximity” to the shooting described the gunman in detail to police, the affidavit said. The witness also told police which online site was used to arrange the purchase.

Detectives linked that information to the online account of Hunter, according to the affidavit.

The affidavit did not name the witness, but WFAA-TV reported that Teran’s daughter was with her when the shooting occurred.

The OfferUp app allows users to post and view items on localized listings, and potential buyers and sellers can contact each other through the app.

Hunter was in the Dallas County Jail on Wednesday afternoon with bail set at $500,000. He faces a capital murder charge, Castro said.

Police are still investigating. They are looking into the possibility that other suspects were involved, CBS 11 reported.

Hunter served a state prison stint from 2012 to 2015 after pleading guilty to burglary of a habitation in Dallas County, said Jason Clark, spokesman for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

Hunter also served a six-month sentence concurrently during that time for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

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