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NEW INFO: Trial Dates Set For Two Hustle Mart Murder Suspects


Trial dates for two of the four murder suspects in the April 2012 triple murder at the Farmville Hustle Mart have been set.

WITN's Lynnette Taylor was at the hearing at the Pitt County Detention Center and reports Antwan Anthony's trial is set for February 16th. Anthony pleaded not guilty to all the charges against him. The trial is expected to last eight to ten weeks.

Anthony is the first suspect to have his trial date set.

Minutes later, Willie Whitehead appeared before Superior Court Judge Marvin Blount who set his trial for April 20th. Whitehead also pleaded not guilty.

Raekwon Blount and Xavier Shamble are also charged with the murders, but they did not appear before the judge.

The four are accused of shooting three clerks at the Hustle Mart in Farmville on April 1, 2012. 26-year-old Nabil (Sam) Almoganahi, 24-year-old Gaber (David) Alawi and 16-year-old Mokbel (Sam) Almoganahi were shot and killed while working.

According to investigators, Anthony was moved to Central Prison in Raleigh after trying to stab a jailer with a pen in November of 2012. Anthony is also charged in the March murders of an Edgecombe County couple at their Princeville home.



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The district attorney says she will ask a judge to set a trial date today for the men accused in the brutal triple murder at the Farmville Hustle Mart.

Today's hearing for four murder suspects in the April 2012 crime is taking place at the Pitt County Detention Center.

Deputies at the Pitt County Detention Center confirmed Antwan Anthony and Willie Whitehead were brought to Pitt County from central prison in Raleigh on Monday, ahead of their Tuesday court date.

Investigators said Anthony and Whitehead teamed up with Raekwon Blount and Xavier Shamble to rob the Hustle Mart in Farmville on April 1st, 2012. During that armed robbery, deputies said the group shot and killed three store clerks inside at the time.

26-year-old Nabil (Sam) Almoganahi, 24-year-old Gaber (David) Alawi and 16-year-old Mokbel (Sam) Almoganahi were shot and killed while working.

The murder case took a twist in October of 2012 when Sheriff Neil Elks said his investigators foiled a murder and kidnapping plot centered around himself, his family, and members of the district attorney's office. The ultimate goal, according to deputies, was to get Whitehead out of jail.

According to investigators, Anthony was moved to Central Prison in Raleigh after trying to stab a jailer with a pen in November of 2012. Anthony is also charged in the March murders of an Edgecombe County couple at their Princeville home.

In late August, a grand jury indicted then 14-year-old Blount for the deaths of the three workers. Also in August, a judge decided Blount would be tried as an adult.

Four others have been charged in connection to the case.

We will let you know what happens for all four men in court today.


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