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Orange County man convicted in execution-style slaying

February 10, 2011 | 11:52 am

An Orange County man was convicted Thursday of the execution-style slaying of a clerk during the burglary of an Anaheim liquor store.

Raheem Abdul Edwards, 30, was found guilty by a jury of one felony count of special circumstances murder in the commission of a robbery and burglary. He faces a sentence of life in state prison without parole.

Sentencing is scheduled for March 4 at 9 a.m. at the Central Justice Center in Santa Ana, the Orange County district attorney’s office said.

Co-defendant Robert Quenton Feeney, 30, was found guilty of murder in 2008 and sentenced to life in state prison without parole.

Edwards, who had lived in Anaheim since high school, 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 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 walked up to him and shot him in the back of the head. Edwards then 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, a high school friend of  Edwards, 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, where he was already serving a life sentence for a murder in New York that he committed after the murder of Kim, officials said.


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