Cousins indicted for Frayser store clerk’s murder after fight over beer

Cousins indicted for Frayser store clerk’s murder after fight over beer
Booking photos for Richard Butts and Antonio Jones (Source: Shelby County Jail)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Two cousins are facing multiple felony indictments for a deadly shooting at a store on Overton Crossing in October 2016.

Richard Butts, 25, is accused of shooting store clerk Mohamed Alkhader when Alkhader wouldn’t sell Butts beer without proper identification. Prosecutors say Butts’ cousin, 26-year-old Antonio Jones, drove Butts away from the scene.

Alkhadar died a month later from injuries related to a gunshot wound to the chest. He was 49.

Prosecutors say Butts, Jones and another man were trying to buy beer at Smart Mart on Overton Crossing near Hawkins Mill Road. Butts refused to show his ID, prompting an argument.

District Attorney General Amy Weirich says Butts pulled a gun, shot Alkhader and fired at several witnesses who tried to follow him as he left.

Butts was indicted on charges of first-degree murder and four counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Jones was indicted on charges of facilitating first-degree murder, four counts of facilitating aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and accessory after the fact.

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