Court Records: Mary Ann Holder Paid Ex-Lover's Wife $10,000 On Day Before Shootings

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Greensboro, NC -- A search warrant obtained by WFMY News 2 reveals that Mary Ann Holder had given a check to the wife of the man she had an affair with the day before she shot 6 people then took her own life.

Holder is accused of shooting and killing her two sons, Zack, 14 and Robert 'Dylan' Smith, 17, and her 8-year-old niece Hannaleigh Suttles.  She also shot and critically injured her nephew, 17-year-old Richard Suttles and her son's girlfriend, 15-year-old Makayla Woods.  The sixth victim, Randal Lamb, was shot in the arm.  Sheriff B.J. Barnes said that Lamb and Holder had been an affair at one time.

During the search of Randal Lamb's home, investigators took possession of a check from Mary Ann Holder issued to Jennifer Lamb in the amount of $10,000.  Lamb told detectives that Holder had given him the check on Saturday in a Walmart parking lot.

Major Tom Sheppard with the Guilford County Sheriff's Department said the check was a "settlement" to Jennifer's threat to file an alienation of affection lawsuit against Holder.

Additional court documents show that Holder had filed restraining orders against Randal and Jennifer Lamb.  The order said the Lamb's stalked and harassed her and that Lamb constantly drove past her home.  Jennifer Lamb filed a restraining order against Holder, saying she would constantly call and text their cell phones and that Holder also sent nude pictures of herself to them.

Sheppard said that the Lambs are not suspects in the shootings.  He did say they believe the Lambs have information that can help them determine a motive.

"I don't think we'll ever know what was going through that lady's mind when she did this," said Sheppard.

SLIDESHOW: Photos of Zach, Dylan, Hannaleigh, Richard and Mary Ann

The new details come on the day that a fourth victim in the shooting died.  Sheriff's deputies said that Zachary "Zack" Smith, 14, died Tuesday after being taken off life support.  He was a freshman at Southeast Guilford High School. 

Zack's brother, Robert "Dylan" Smith died Sunday from a gunshot wound to the head.  Holder's niece, Hannaleigh Suttles, a 3rd grader at Pleasant Garden Elementary died on Monday.

The shooter, Mary Ann Holder, shot and killed herself after shooting the six others on Sunday.

"It's been a week from hell, not only for the family, but for the community," said Guilford County Sheriff B.J. Barnes.

A court document indicates that Holder filed for legal custody of Hannaleigh, Richard and Shiane Suttles the week before the shooting.

Holder had been taking care of Hannaleigh and Richard since their mother died in March. 

The document also said Holder requested that their father be ordered to pay child support.  A court hearing had been scheduled for next Tuesday.

Hannaleigh died Monday.  Richard remains on life support.

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