A youth wounded just after a convenience store clerk was shot to death during an attempted robbery in February has identified a Utah teenager as one of two men inside the store when gunfire erupted.
Derrick Franklin said Edward Bennett, Lehi, Utah, was one of two men who entered the store moments before he did. Franklin said Bennett was not the gun-wielding man who walked toward him and apparently fired two shots."I said, `Please don't shoot me,"' Franklin testified in Bennett's capital homicide trial here Thursday.
Franklin was shot in the leg but managed to escape the convenience store the night of Feb. 9. Moments earlier, clerk Michelle Moore was shot in the face and killed by one of the men.
Bennett, 19, is charged with the murder of Moore, a 21-year-old clerk.
Bennett is also charged with attempted robbery and attempted murder in connection with the incident at a Stop 'N Go store east of the Las Vegas Strip.
The victim was a newlywed who had been working at the store only a short time before her death.
Also accused in the shooting death is Joseph Beeson, 18, Orem, who is scheduled to stand trial next month.
Bennett and Beeson were arrested in the Salt Lake City area a month after Moore's death.
Prosecutor Mel Harmon earlier described Bennett in opening arguments as one of two men with a "wild west mentality," who were looking for excitement when they shot Moore.
After his arrest, Beeson reportedly told police that Bennett shot the woman and then handed him the gun. Beeson admitted shooting a teenage customer in the leg as he ran from the store.
Prosecutors say they will seek the death penalty for both Bennett and Beeson.
An informant who tipped police to the pair, Jeffrey Chidester, is expected to be a key witness in the trial, which is likely to run about one week.