Don't, people. Deleting the messages from your phone and tossing it in the river** will do exactly nada to stop a DA with half a brain and a court order from having a log of all your texts and the contents therein pulled from your carrier's servers, whereupon a paralegal will use such high technological feats as CTRL-F to find whatever damning evidence you sent out, all in less time than it took me to type this sentence.
You know, the servers. Those things that your carrier uses that save your text messages for, like, ever.
Also, those pictures of your schlong that you sent your ex last weekend when you got way more drunk than you should have.
* "Murdexting" as of right now returns no results on google. "Murdexting" now COPYRIGHT ME, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Eat it, bitches.
** We're talking hypotheticals now, kids. What I'm describing here is what I think someone who has no idea how networks function would do if he wanted to "get rid" of texting evidence. I have no idea what LaRue did with his phone after he totally shot that guy, which I'm pretty sure I can say since he admitted as much in court.