Murder charges dropped after “no-bill” ruling in shooting of Humble store clerk

Two teenagers turned themselves in to police in Houston on Sunday in connection to the fatal shooting of an Humble convenience store clerk over a bag of chips. (KPRC)

The murder charge against Mario Young was dropped after the grand jury returned a “no-bill” ruling in connection to the deadly shooting of a Humble convenience store clerk. The second teen was never charged in this case. states the term no bill is a word the “foreman of the Grand Jury writes across the face of a bill of indictment to indicate that the criminal charges alleged therein against a suspect have not been sufficiently supported by the evidence presented before it to warrant his or her criminal prosecution.”

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Mario Young, 17, was booked in the Harris County Jail, charged with murder in court earlier this year. An 18-year-old whose identity was not released was initially wanted for capital murder for the incident.

What happened?

The incident occurred on January 19, resulting in the death of 42-year-old Asif Maknojia. The clerk was shot after confronting the teens who had stolen from the store.

The teens entered the store, then one of them put a bag of chips in his pants and left the store. The clerk was shot after confronting the teens who had stolen from the store.

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