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Man pleads guilty in Henderson store clerk's death

Posted November 16, 2010

— One of two men charged with killing a Vance County convenience store clerk two years ago pleaded guilty Monday to the slaying, authorities said.

Saadi T. Williams, 22, of Henderson, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the Aug. 29, 2008, shooting death of Fadaq Ali Mohommed Alashmali and was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Alashmali, 31, of Henderson, was killed during a robbery of the Williamsboro Grocery, at 7690 N.C. Highway 39 North. Authorities said he exchanged gunfire with the robbers during the hold-up.

Demarius Antoine Benson, 21, is charged with first-degree murder, attempted murder and conspiracy to commit armed robbery in the case. His trial is pending.

Authorities said Benson shot at another person inside the convenience store during the robbery. That person wasn't injured.


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  • bombayrunner Nov 16, 2010

    For these kind of young murderers (that have long rap sheets) their parents should also go on trial. Throw them all in together and cut the problem off at the seed.

  • april65 Nov 16, 2010

    Killing someone or robbing someone is just stupid...get up off your behind and get a job instead of taking from someone that works everyday. This man left a wife and two small children without a husband or father. Just plain senseless.

  • papadsgirls Nov 16, 2010

    Thanks WRAL for the follow up on this! This family would bend over backwards to help you if you needed it! This was shock to the community! Sam we are glad your part of our community and we support you and your family in time to come with your loss!!

  • RB-1 Nov 16, 2010

    When are we going to start killing killers???

  • Just the facts mam Nov 16, 2010

    Thanks for the follow-up story WRAL.