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Man faces trial in 2000 murder of Anaheim liquor store clerk

February 7, 2011 |  3:37 pm

An Orange County man faces trial Tuesday for the slaying of a liquor store clerk during the burglary of an Anaheim liquor store.

Raheem Abdul Edwards, 30, is charged with one felony count of special circumstances murder in the commission of a robbery and burglary. He faces the maximum sentence of life in state prison without parole if convicted of the 2000 crime.

Opening statements are scheduled to begin Tuesday at the Central Justice Center in Santa Ana.

Co-defendant Robert Quenton Feeney, 30, was found guilty of murder in 2008 and sentenced to life in state prison without parole, according to the Orange County district attorney’s office.

Edwards allegedly went with Feeney on the morning of Dec. 15, 2000, to the Lucky Seven Liquor Mart in Anaheim, wearing a hooded sweatshirt and gloves. Store owner Haeng Shin Kim, 57, was working behind the counter.

Feeney allegedly pulled a firearm from the waistband of his pants and shot Kim once in the back after he tried to get away by running.

When Kim tried to escape by crawling out the door, Feeney allegedly walked up to him and shot him in the back of the head. Edwards allegedly stole money from the cash register as Feeney watched the door.

Edwards and Feeney fled the scene when a customer pulled into the parking lot, prosecutors said. The customer found Kim and called 911.

Kim was pronounced dead at the scene. The killing was filmed by surveillance cameras inside the liquor store.

Feeney was arrested in Missouri in December 2004 on a probation violation related to an Iowa sexual assault conviction, authorities said. Detectives interviewed Feeney in Missouri and he was sent back to Orange County to face charges.

Edwards was charged as a fugitive in December 2004 and was extradited from New York to Orange County in July 2009.

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-- Nate Jackson

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