- Associated Press - Thursday, December 22, 2016

SMITHFIELD, N.C. (AP) - Two men being held in the Wake County jail have now been charged with murder in a robbery at a convenience store in Johnston County earlier this year.

Johnston County sheriff’s spokeswoman Tammy Amaon said in a news release Thursday that 23-year-old Omari Alexander Smith and 28-year-old Darius Dontae Mccalston, both of Raleigh, have been charged with murder.

Twenty-nine-year-old Esmail Al Shami was found dead at a store south of Zebulon on the night of Oct. 27. Fifty-one-year-old Ricky Lynch was wounded in the robbery.

Investigators say Smith and Mccalston got $200 in the robbery.

It was not known if Smith and Mccalston have attorneys.


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