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Sheriff: Teen involved in murder plot to kill grandparents

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Clayton Eli Watts, 17 Clayton Eli Watts, 17
Jimmie Diane Paul (Courtesy: CN2) Jimmie Diane Paul (Courtesy: CN2)
Shaiderius Demark Cohen, 19. Shaiderius Demark Cohen, 19.
Marquaes Issale Eric Buchanan, 18 Marquaes Issale Eric Buchanan, 18
CHESTER COUNTY, SC (WBTV) -

Sheriff's deputies in South Carolina have arrested a third teenager in a hire-for-murder plot to kill an elected county official and his wife.

According to the Chester County Sheriff's Office, 19-year-old Shaiderius Demark Cohen was arrested on Thursday night for the murder of Jimmie Diane Paul.

Investigators believe Cohen was the triggerman. "I told my son, listen I don't know what's going on but he told me to my face, 'Daddy, I didn't do it.' He told me two times," Michael Cohen said. "I aint never raised my son like that. I love my son. But I told him I got your back. I love you, I'm going to be there for you. I aint just gonna say you are a murderer or anything like that. When they prove you did it or not, you made the bed you gotta lay down in it."

Two other teens had already been arrested in the case and denied bond, including Paul's grandson.

Marquaes Issale Eric Buchanan, 18, and Clayton Eli Watts, 17, were both arrested in connection with the deadly shooting early this week. Watts is Paul's grandson.

Paul is also the wife of Chester County planning director, Mack Paul. She was found dead Tuesday night at her home on Williamsville Church Road. Officials said it appears she died of gunshot wounds.

Cohen was arrested Thursday evening and charged with Murder and Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Violent Crime.

Investigators are calling the deadly shooting a murder-for-hire plot.

According to the Sheriff's Office, Watts had planned to pay Cohen and Buchanan $5,000 to kill both of his grandparents.

"I'm not a very nosey person. It ain't any of my business," Daniel Melton, who lives down the road from Paul said. "I was real surprised."

Flowers are at the driveway, and flags have been lowered to half staff at every county office building.

Chester County Manager Carlisle Roddey described the couple as well liked and respected.

"She was one of the most jovial and nicest people you'll ever talk to. She had a great personality. You couldn't find anyone nicer than those people are," Roddey said.

Meanwhile, Daniel Melton feels the family connection in the case may lead to something that's disturbing, "And with them being kin, they're more to it than that's out so far."

Watts and Buchanan will remain in custody until they appear in High Court on March 14.

This is the first homicide investigation of the year in Chester County.

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