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Murder trial begins in 2011 Raleigh tobacco store shooting death

Posted July 7, 2014
Updated July 8, 2014

Steven Marcel Cooley

— Jury selection began Monday in the trial of one of three men accused of shooting and killing a north Raleigh tobacco store owner more than two years ago.

Steven Marcel Cooley, 22, is charged with first-degree murder in the Dec. 2, 2011, death of Majid Mohram, 39, who was shot in the chest during a robbery at M3 Tobacco on Calvary Drive.

Relatives said that Mohram, of Yemen, had opened the store five months prior to his death. He left behind a wife and two young children.

According to arrest warrants, the alleged robbers took a wallet, cellphone and keys – worth about $300 – from Morham.

The two other suspects – Kwamane Monte Everett, 24, and Demario Quentel Williams, 23, – are still in jail awaiting trial.

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