A suspect was charged Friday in the July 23 fatal shooting of a convenience store clerk during a robbery at 4 Seasons Gas & Food store, 13 NW 63.
Darrien Hasmii Clark, 26, is charged in Oklahoma County District Court with armed robbery and first-degree murder in the death of Habib Hajimirzaei, 62.
Clark was arrested after police investigating a shooting Thursday linked him to the earlier crime, Capt. Dexter Nelson said.
He is the second man to be arrested in Hajimirzaei's death.
Police first arrested Micheal Devereaux, 28, in the homicide, but released him last week pending further investigation, Nelson said.
Second crime scene
Police responded to a burglary and shooting about 5:10 a.m. Thursday at 6453 N Penile.
Garland G. Lenoir IV was shot after he answered his door to meet a man he knew, Nelson said. He said Lenoir was at a hospital in critical condition with life threatening injuries Friday.
“Medical professionals are telling us the victim has very little brain activity,” Nelson said. “He is still alive and on life support, but it's a touch and go situation.”
Bethany police spotted and followed a driver who matched a description of the shooter. The man, later identified by police as Clark, crashed his car and was taken into custody.
Police linked Clark to the July convenience store slaying after a woman called officers Thursday and said he looked like a photo of the killer she saw on television, according to an affidavit filed Friday in Oklahoma County District Court.
Tests done on .40-caliber bullet casings found at both shooting scenes indicated they were fired from the same pistol, according to the affidavit.
Police recovered a .357-caliber Magnum handgun in Clark's car thought to have been owned by Hajimirzaei, according to court papers.
CONTRIBUTING: STAFF WRITER MICHAEL MCNUTT