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3 Charged in Fatal Convenience Store Robbery

Posted June 6, 2007
Updated June 8, 2007

— Two of three men charged with the shooting death of a Warren County store clerk last month were already in jail on unrelated charges, authorities said Thursday.

They said it was information from an unrelated crime that led investigators to charge the trio with the shooting of a Warrenton store clerk.

Michael Junior Harris, 27, of Henderson, and Bobby Earl Williams, 21, of Louisburg, were in the Franklin County Jail facing charges of aiding and abetting in a drive-by shooting on May 21 in Franklinton, officials said.

On Wednesday, authorities charged them first-degree murder in the May 18 death of Randy Terrell.

Jimmy Lee Williams, 24, of Louisburg, was also arrested Wednesday and charged with first-degree murder. Each suspect also faces charges of robbery.

Authorities said that although the suspects hid their faces during the May 18 fatal robbery at Pa-Pa's Country Store off U.S. Highway 401 in Warrenton, investigators were able to link them to the crime because the description of the vehicle at the drive-by shooting fit the description of the one leaving the scene of the robbery.

"So, we started piecing things together," Franklin County Sheriff Pat Green said. "My lieutenant actually identified two of the suspects by the way they conducted themselves, how they walked."

Investigators said they think the shooting might have been gang-related, but are still looking into that possibility.

"We believe that we have a good solid case – that if the prosecutor would like to prosecute, what we have, we believe that we could get the death penalty out of it," Warren County Sheriff Johnny Williams said.

Surveillance video from the store shows Terrell working behind the counter when three masked men walk in shortly after 9 p.m. One has a sawed-off shotgun and the other two have rifles.

They demanded money, authorities said, and within a matter of seconds, a thief with a rifle shot Terrell, who was substituting for a co-worker, as he struggled with the thief with the shotgun.

"I don't think it would have mattered who the clerk at the store was that night," Green said. "I think whoever was there would have been shot and killed."

The video also shows the robbers rummaging through drawers after Terrell was shot, then running out of the store. They escaped with about $900, authorities said.

Authorities said Thursday that Bobby Earl Williams was also previously paroled for an armed robbery conviction.

All three men are related to one another, but authorities have not said in what way.


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  • lollly52 Jun 10, 2007

    @JoeyC. Great Comment.

  • Angelfmabve5 Jun 10, 2007

    Oh lord, not the slavery card yet again! Come on people, give us all a break! There were white slaves to, just as there were black slaves, yet you don't see that card being throwed around all the time! Put the blame where it needs to be! PARENTS! Parents are responsible how their children grow up, the environment in which they grow up and how they turn out is based upon how YOU raised them! But oh my lord I forgot, that takes EFFORT and WORK!

    As for the "gang" thing, well let's just put it this way, if they didn't have their guns they wouldn't be so tough now would they? Can I get an AMEN here!

    Bottom line is, if they needed money, GET A JOB like the rest of us! To the parents of these wanna be thugs, bet your just as proud as you can be at the exceptionally FINE job you did at raising these (no would not dare dignify calling them men cause that is something they are not!) prison "girlfriends" for thsoe awaiting their arrival! Be proud!

  • Theseus Jun 9, 2007

    "My nephews were good boys until society showed them disrespect. When you're a descendent of slaves you constantly see an image of the slave master and it hardens your sole."

    Aha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, no, stop, you're too much. Ha, Ha, Ha. It didn't work Tyrone. I don't feel guilty, because I didn't own any slaves and these predators were never slaves. The only tears in my eyes are from laughing so hard.

  • larry1 Jun 9, 2007

    all i can say is life worth what was taken in cash.i say we should buy that much food and put them in a 6x8 cell and forget they are in their.

  • Dick Jun 9, 2007

    They is some UGLY mugs...

  • Dick Jun 9, 2007

    What's it all about....Alfie?

  • Star-Rider Jun 8, 2007

    Tyrone, How in the world is the fact that your great great grandfather was possibly a slave an excuse for being ignorant and common? I will never understand the mentality that makes people justify evil actions by something that may have happened to an ancestor. I think it's simply an excuse for being scum that many people use.

  • blueridgerunner Jun 8, 2007

    An entire generation has been raised believing that something isowed them. That taking from others is justifiable if you want it and they have it. A whole generation raised in lawlessness to disregard authority of any kind. parental or otherwise.
    I know I'm not alone when I say that enough is enough. We need a judicial system that wil dispatch justice and punishment to fit the crime. Death should be swift and sure without remorse for men like these. I'm sick of the liberal sociologist and others who continue to tell us, men like these can be rehabilitated. Our jails and prisons are just time out corners. There's no punishment. Life on the inside is better than life on the outside. People (anyone) considering a crime like these will know for certain there will be dire consequences for their actions.

  • killing_me_softly Jun 8, 2007

    Let me say this: I am "black" and there is a WORD for these three ungentleman, that as soon as I finish posting this comment, I will share with someone in this room. I would LOVE to post it here, but, you know the rest. By the way, from my understanding, that WORD is very appropriate when it is applied properly. Feel me?

  • 2xwinner Jun 8, 2007

    Hope they all get what they deserve. They are products of thier own selfs, not a reflection on society as a whole. I hate hearing lame and old excuses about slavery and other bad thing that took place very long ago. Yes the african americans were hosed quite bad a LONG TIME ago, before 90% of us were born. That is no excuse for attempting to justify these loser's actions, or showing a lack of respect for the victim. You make your own future by the choices you make. Losers make excuses for why they fail or refuse to be apart of thier own future.