Three teens to return to court in March

Nov. 21, 2013 @ 06:21 PM

OXFORD — Three teenagers charged with helping a robbery plot that ended the life of Oxford area convenience store clerk Musleh Mohamed Saleh Qayed will wait until March for followup hearings on their cases.

Larisa Nicosha Comer, Rodicka E’nyia Rivers and Tonielle Shydea Curtis each appeared in Granville County Superior Court this week, learning that the processing of evidence will take a long time.

They each stand charged with armed robbery and accessory felonies for the Sept. 25 incident.

Rodriquez Teshawn Thomas, 25, faces charges of armed robbery and first-degree murder in the case. He is being held without bond and is scheduled for a Dec. 2 date in Superior Court.

On Thursday, Comer, wearing inmate clothing, stood with her attorney Michael Burnette. He acknowledged he expected a long wait before he views all gathered evidence, a right known as discovery.

“Due to the nature of this case, we believe discovery will be ongoing,” Burnette said before Judge George Collins Jr.

Cindy Bostic, an assistant district attorney, explained further that she believes the case against Thomas qualifies as exceptional, to be removed from routine case management hearing schedules.

The Comer case would join the Rivers and Curtis cases that were heard on Wednesday and also put on hold for hearings in March.

“That is what we did with the other two cases,” Bostic said. “They are scheduled for March 24.”

Qayed family members watched the brief hearing stoically, and afterward indicated they were not ready to make any comments.

Comer, Rivers and Curtis remain held in jail, each on $150,000 bond.

Contact the writer at mfisher@hendersondispatch.com.