Defendants Richard Butts, 25, and Antonio K. Jones, 26, are being held in the Shelby County Jail.
Butts is accused of shooting clerk Mohamed Alkhader in the chest when he would not sell beer to Butts without proper identification. Jones is accused of driving Butts away from the scene.
Alkhader, 49, was shot on Oct. 12, 2016, while working at the Smart Mart in the 4200 block of Overton Crossing near Hawkins Mill Road. He died from his injuries a month later at a hospital.
An investigation showed that Butts, Jones and another man were trying to buy beer at the store, but an argument developed when Butts refused to show his identification. Butts pulled a gun and shot Alkhader and then fired at several witnesses who attempted to follow them as the suspects fled the scene.
Butts was indicted on charges of first-degree murder and four counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Jones was indicted on charges of facilitation of first-degree murder, four counts of facilitation of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and accessory after the fact.
The case is being handled by Chief Prosecutor Kirby May of the DA’s Community Prosecution Unit in Criminal Court Division 6 which handles all felony cases out of the Raleigh-Frayser area’s Old Allen Precinct.