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Police arrest 3 in connection with IN woman's NC death

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From left to right: Ashlyn Carothers, George Nobles and Dwayne Edward Swayney. (Cherokee Indian Police Dept.) From left to right: Ashlyn Carothers, George Nobles and Dwayne Edward Swayney. (Cherokee Indian Police Dept.)
Barbara Preidt (Cherokee Indian Police Dept.) Barbara Preidt (Cherokee Indian Police Dept.)
CHEROKEE, NC (FOX Carolina) -

Police said they arrested three people in connection with the fatal shooting of an Indiana woman in western North Carolina in September.

Cherokee Indian Police officers and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations agents obtained and served a search warrant at 1621 Olivet Church Rd. in Cherokee, NC, on Thursday in connection with the Sept. 30 shooting of 76-year-old Barbara Preidt, of Shelbyville, IN.

Preidt was shot in front of Fairfield Inn and Suites on Paint Town Road, which is across the street from Harrah's Casino, according to police.

Police said that someone wearing a black mask and dark clothing grabbed Preidt's purse and started firing shots. They said Preidt tried to hang on to her purse when she was shot.

"This investigation has been on going for nearly two months, and our law enforcement officers and the Preidt family have been very diligent in solving this case. Our officers have done an outstanding job, and we are extremely encouraged by these arrests; many questions have been answered," said Chief of Police Ben Reed.

They arrested George Nobles, 36, Ashlyn Carothers, 20, and Dwayne Edward Swayney, 43, all of Cherokee. Police said the following charges are pending:

Nobles was charged by the state with first-degree murder, armed robbery, two counts of felon in possession of a firearm and a pending charge of manufacturing marijuana; Carothers was charged by the tribe with aiding and abetting armed robbery, aiding and abetting homicide in first degree and a pending charge of manufacturing marijuana; Swayney was charged by the tribe with tampering with evidence.

A $25,000 reward was offered for information leading to an arrest in the case.

Preidt was the mother of seven children, grandmother of 20, she had 16 great grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren. She was married to her husband, John, for 50 years and they were on their way to visit family in Florida when she was killed, police said.

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