- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 6, 2014

PHOENIX (AP) - Authorities say two brothers have been arrested in the fatal shooting of a clerk of a central Phoenix smoke shop during an April 29 robbery.

Court records indicate that 18-year-old Alex Garcia and 21-year-old Jesse Ruben Mesa were booked on suspicion of first-degree murder, armed robbery and other crimes after being taken into custody Friday for questioning.

Police have identified the victim as 47-year-old Kadhim Al-Taee. He had been shot multiple times when customers found his dead body in the shop where a small fire had been set. The businesss also had been ransacked.

Garcia and Mesa are jailed in lieu of $500,000 bond and a judge has ordered that lawyers be appointed to represent the two defendants.

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