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15-year-old arrested in murder of Vermont woman

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ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (WCAX) – Police have arrested a 15-year-old suspect in the murder of a Vermont woman.

Vermont state police say Christina Chatlos, 38, was shot and killed during a fight in St. Johnsbury last month.

According to court paperwork, investigators say Mohamad Said, 15, of Springfield, Massachusetts, pulled the trigger. Investigators say it stemmed from a drug deal that took a violent turn.

Chatlos, of Williamstown and Barre, was found dead on Jan. 23 inside a car with bullet holes in it parked in a lot on Portland Street, on the grounds of the Cornerstone School.

Investigators say Said will be charged as an adult with second-degree murder. The teen was arrested in Massachusetts on the Vermont murder warrant Monday. He’s due in juvenile court in Massachusetts on Monday.

Police say Said was initially taken into custody after the shooting on an unrelated warrant out of Massachusetts. He was extradited there and remained in juvenile custody there as the Vermont investigation progressed.

Said is now awaiting extradition to Vermont. If convicted, he could face 20 years to life behind bars.

Police say their investigation into the murder is still underway. Anyone with information is asked to call the state police in St. Johnsbury at 802-748-3111 or to submit an anonymous tip online.

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