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Cops: Teens Charged In Killing Were On Crime Spree

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Photo Of Crime Scene Tape. (Credit: John Li/Getty Images)

Photo Of Crime Scene Tape. (Credit: John Li/Getty Images)

SENECA, S.C. (AP) — Oconee County deputies say two teens charged with murder in a Seneca home invasion were also responsible for burglaries and the vandalism of a church in their neighborhood.

Investigators said 18-year-old James Toward and a 16-year-old friend broke into six homes over the past two months. Deputies say their crime spree ended Thursday when they broke into a neighbor’s home and shot and killed 32-year-old Scott Johnston of Pullman, Wash., while stealing three guitars.

Authorities say the teens also set a home on fire twice and vandalized Ann Hope United Methodist Church after one burglary.

Deputies say they suspected the teens in the burglaries before Friday’s shooting, but didn’t have enough evidence until finding the stolen goods in their home.

It wasn’t known if the suspects had attorneys.

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