A Superior Court judge is holding a plea hearing for one of three people charged with first-degree murder in the robbery and killing of a 7-Eleven store employee in Newark last year.
The plea hearing was set for Friday for Vanisha Carson, 25, of New Castle.
Carson was charged along with Andre D. Palmer, 25, of Fairburn, Ga., and Vincent Stallings, 21, of Wilmington in the September 2012 killing of 48-year-old Mohammed Rafique Ullah.
Investigators linked the killing to a robbery just a few hours earlier at the Interstate 95 service plaza in Newark. A description of a vehicle, a black Ford Tarus, in the service center robbery led investigators to an apartment next to the 7-Eleven, where Palmer and Carson were arrested.
Police say two masked men -- Stallings and Palmer -- burst into the 7-Eleven on Four Seasons Parkway on September 12 just before 1 a.m., demanding money. Surveillance video shows that Ullah fully cooperated with the robbers and handed over the cash from the register, but that didn't stop one of the men from shooting the clerk as they were leaving the store. Ullah was pronounced dead at the scene.
The trio fled the scene in the Taurus driven by Carson
Stallings, according to investigators, fired the fatal shot. All three suspects were charged with first-degree murder.
Ullah was working to send money home to his family in Bangladesh.