Trial date set for one suspect in deadly convenience store robberies


    HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – A trial date has been set for one of the three suspects charged in connection to three convenience store robberies in 2015, two of which were deadly.

    According to a court roster from the 15th Circuit Solicitor’s Office, James Daniels’ trial is expected to begin on August 27. Daniels, as well as McKinley Daniels and Jerome Jenkins, have each been charged with two counts of murder, three counts of armed robbery, three counts of using a firearm during a violent crime and one count of attempted murder.

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    On January 2, 2015, 40-year-old Bala Gopal Paruchuri, a clerk at the Sunhouse store in Longs was shot and killed by suspects robbing the store, according to police. Surveillance video from the scene shows two masked men in hoodies.

    On January 25, 2015, 30-year-old Trisha Stull, another Sunhouse clerk, was shot and killed during another armed robbery, police say. Again, two masked men in hoodies are seen on the store’s surveillance camera.

    The three men were also charged in connection with the armed robbery of the Scotchman store on Lake Arrowhead Road – also on January 25, 2015.

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