- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 4, 2016

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Two ex-felons were jailed in Las Vegas on charges that could get them the death penalty in the killing of a liquor store clerk who couldn’t open a safe, authorities said Wednesday. A third suspect was being sought.

Ray Charles Brown and Lee Dominic Sykes were arrested Tuesday and booked at the Clark County jail pending initial court appearances scheduled Thursday, according to police and court records.

Brown and Sykes each face murder, kidnapping, robbery and other charges in the April 18 killing of store clerk Matthew Christensen at a discount liquor store.

Police said he was complying with the robbers, with his hands up, when he was shot multiple times.

Police said they were still looking for Sykes’ older brother, Lee Murry Sykes. All three suspects are in their early 20s.

Two men identified as robbers were seen on security videotape entering the store in southwest Las Vegas with guns drawn before the fatal shooting.

Police said Christensen, 24, didn’t have the ability to open the safe. He was called a hero for not revealing that a pregnant manager was in the store.

Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson said Wednesday he’ll decide in coming weeks whether to seek the death penalty. He has called Christensen’s death a senseless act of violence and an “execution” murder.

Court records show that Lee Dominic Sykes, with his middle name spelled Dominique, pleaded guilty in November 2014 in Las Vegas to conspiracy to commit robbery, a felony. He completed a boot camp program and was sentenced in May 2015 to three years’ probation.

Brown pleaded guilty in February 2011 to coercion by force. His probation was revoked in September 2012, and he was sentenced to one to four years in state prison.

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