CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — A grand jury hearing is scheduled Monday for one of the three teens charged in the murder of a Chesterfield convenience store owner.
The 14-year-old will be tried as an adult and is charged with murder in the second degree, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, attempted robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery in connection to the death of Harshad V. Patel.
On January 11, police found Patel unconscious in his store, The Marketplace on Walmsley Boulevard near Turner Road. The 55-year-old later died at the hospital.
Investigators have said that 19-year-old Trayvon M. Wilhite fired the shot that killed Patel. He was arrested on January 12 and faces charges including first-degree murder, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, attempted robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery.
Last week, Wilhite had his charges certified to go before a grand jury at a court hearing. His case is now moving from the Chesterfield General District Court and into the Circuit Court.
Thomas L. Jennings III, 18, of the 6900 block of Able Road, turned himself into police after surveillance images were released to the public. He was arrested and charged with principle in the second degree to murder in the second degree, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, attempted robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery in relation to the incident.
Jennings is being held at the Chesterfield County Jail without bond.
Police continue to seek the fourth suspect. This suspect was described by police as a black male wearing a hooded sweatshirt and a black ski mask.
Anyone with information should contact the Chesterfield County Police Department at 804-748-1251 or Crime Solvers at 804-748-0660 or online at www.crimesolvers.net.
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