Three men accused in the fatal shooting of a Rowan County convenience store owner now face charges in two other robberies.
Kevin Lamont Canzater, 20; Maurice Alexander Robinson, 33; and Christopher Lee Watson, 23; are suspected in robberies that occurred Nov. 22 and Dec. 5 at the Neighborhood Market on West Horah Street in Salisbury.
Authorities say $40 was taken in the first robbery. In the second, the suspects are accused of stealing $30 and three cartons of cigarettes.
A handgun was used during both crimes, police said.
The men have each been charged with two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapons, said Capt. Shelia Lingle of the Salisbury Police Department.
A fourth suspect, 27-year-old Ashley Dawn Bentley, also faces an armed robbery charge in the Nov. 22 case.
All of the suspects are expected to make a first appearance in court on Thursday.
Canzater, Robinson and Watson have been in jail for the past week after being arrested in the Dec. 10 slaying of store owner Hecham Abualeinan at his Z&H Mart store on Mooresville Road.
Authorities said Canzater and Robinson had bought something at the store before leaving the business. Seconds later, Watson entered the store and pointed a handgun at pointed a handgun at Abualeinan, investigators said.
The store owner confronted Watson, who then shot Abualeinan, authorities said. Police said Watson then took money from a cash register before fleeing.
The three men were charged with first-degree murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon.
Last week, authorities said Watson was suspected in more robberies.
Lingle said additional investigation led to the new charges.
Police also are trying to determine whether any of the suspects are linked to a fourth robbery, but no charges have been filed yet.
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