Case against one of three charged with clerk’s murder continues

Jul. 01, 2014 @ 06:39 PM

The state’s case against one of the three men charged in connection with the shooting death of a 55-year-old BP gas station clerk will remain in the case management system until at least July 22.

Assistant District Attorney Allison Capps said Dontrell Jaquan Hargrove’s case will move into the second session of case management, which provides defendants with three chances to resolve their case before trial.

The second session begins the week of July 22.

Hargrove, 22, of 464 Skenes Ave., Henderson, was arrested in late March on charges of robbery with a dangerous weapon and one count of accessory after the fact to first-degree murder in to the fatal shooting of Ahmed Shahit, who worked at the BP station on Raleigh Road.

Shahit was an immigrant from Yemen who is survived by his wife, six children and three grandchildren, according to his obituary.

Hargrove’s attorney, Nick Bagshawe, filed a motion in Vance County Superior Court on Tuesday for a new investigator in the case because the investigator who was appointed has a conflict of interest.

Capps said the state is providing additional discovery materials to Bagshawe.

“It’s not related to this specific case that Mr. Hargrove is charged with,” she said Tuesday. “However, it is related to other cases that Diaquan Waddell is charged with — other robberies that I don’t know if have any implication in this particular robbery and murder. But just to be on the safe side, we are turning over all of this over to Mr. Bagshawe.”

She said the discovery items include interviews with Waddell and surveillance video from the Waffle House.

Waddell was arrested and charged with one count of first-degree murder while attempting to rob the Henderson BP station on Raleigh Road.

He also faces one count of robbery with a dangerous weapon and one count of second-degree kidnapping.

Waddell was linked to four armed robberies in an eight-day span when he was arrested.

Hargrove’s brother, Marvin Hargrove Jr., has also been arrested in connection with Shahit’s death.

In May, Superior Court Judge Paul C. Ridgeway accepted the prosecution’s motion to seek the death penalty in the state’s first-degree murder cases against Waddell and Marvin Hargrove Jr.

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