A 36-year-old Maryland man is in custody after allegedly stabbing a convenience
store clerk. The defendant is accused of committing the violent crime
during the early morning hours on Jan. 23 in Montgomery Village, Maryland.
The 63-year-old victim was working a graveyard shift at the time of the incident.
Authorities say that the defendant is accused of slicing the man’s
wrists, chin and throat at the 7-Eleven convenience store on Snouffer
School Road. Officers reported that the man strolled out of the front
door of the building when they arrived. He was still covered in blood.
A boxcutter covered with blood was also allegedly found in the man’s
shirt pocket. He is reportedly denying any knowledge of the victim’s death.
The defendant has had several previous run-ins with the law. He was incarcerated
seven times in the past – at least. He was convicted of assault
charges, resisting arrest, burglary and reckless endangerment. He is still
on probation after being released in connection with a November 2012 arrest;
a conviction for this violent crime would mean that the man violated the
terms of that release.
Community members say the victim was a friendly individual without known
enemies. They are still questioning the motive behind the apparent slaying.
The victim had moved to the U.S. in 2009 with his wife. He is survived
by seven children, one of whom is working toward becoming a physician.
Even though the defendant in this case may seem automatically guilty, a
variety of other factors could come into play. The man may not have been
mentally stable at the time of the attack, for instance. Although officers
say the man’s actions were caught on security cameras, he may still
be able to mount an effective criminal defense. A qualified Maryland attorney
can provide defendants with more information about their options in such
Source: WJLA, “Montgomery County 7-11 clerk stabbed to death” John Gonzalez & Kevin Lewis, Jan. 23, 2014