A Missouri gas clerk has been charged with first-degree murder after he allegedly shot and killed a customer he suspected of stealing a $1.10 bag of candy, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
The clerk, 39-year-old Taleb Rebhi Ali Jawher, was charged Wednesday in the late September incident.
He and Christopher Simmons, 34, had gotten into a dispute inside a Phillips 66 station in Ferguson, police said.
Simmons left, and Jawher followed. The men argued outside, and then Jawher shot Simmons, police added.
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Jawher suspected Simmons had stolen a bag of candy. But Simmons “did not steal or leave the store with candy” before being shot in the back of the head, charging documents say according to the Post-Dispatch.
Simmons’ mother, Dorothy Simmons, told the Post-Dispatch that the family is “trying to find some peace.”
Her son, she added, was a “wonderful young man who was taken from us too soon.”
Jawher’s bond was set at $1 million.