Ar­rest made in Pure Food Mart slay­ing

Sus­pect lived just miles from store

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - By Tyler Smith

A sus­pect has been ar­rested in the mur­der of Pure Food Mart owner As­lam Muham­mad af­ter five days of tire­less in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the New­ton County Sher­iff’s Of­fice.

Cor­ro­nis Hurst, 20, was ar­rested at 1:30 a.m. Wed­nes­day and was charged with homi­cide, said NCSO Lt. Bill Wat­ter­son.

“We had a lot of team work be­tween the GBI and the New­ton County In­ves­ti­ga­tions Unit on this one,” Wat­ter­son said. “We would just like to thank ev­ery­one in­volved in­clud­ing the com­mu­nity. They pro­vided us with a lot of use­ful in­for­ma­tion.”

The ar­rest was based on a tip given by a mem­ber of the com­mu­nity who re­port­edly rec­og­nized Hurst in the store’s se­cu­rity video.

Hurst was ar­rested at his 4215 Mote Road home, which is lo­cated just a few miles away from the scene of the crime, Wat­ter­son said. He was wanted for pro­ba­tion vi­o­la­tion.

The crime oc­curred at ap­prox­i­mately 10:10 p.m. Fri­day night when Hurst al­legedly en­tered the Pure Food Mart and robbed Muham­mad, Wat­ter­son said. Se­cu­rity cam­eras re­port­edly caught Hurst grab­bing money from the $1 and $5 trays of the cash reg­is­ter be­fore shoot­ing Muham­mad in the face.

Wat­ter­son said the hand­gun used in the killing has yet to be lo­cated.

Muham­mad was the sec­ond per­son mur­dered in the store in the last 10 years. For­mer owner Harry Hodge was mur­dered at the sta­tion on June 12, 1997. Three men were later ar­rested in con­nec­tion with the killing and are cur­rently in prison, Wat­ter­son said. Hurst is cur­rently housed at the New­ton County De­ten­tion Cen­ter.


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