Two men have been charged in the fatal shooting of a gas station clerk during a robbery in Mid-City, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced today.
Young Yooun (dob 4/30/89) and Courtney Campbell (dob 11/28/89) were each charged with one count of murder in case BA469488. The defendants face a special circumstance allegation that the crime was committed during a robbery, making them eligible for the death penalty.
The charge against Yooun also includes an allegation of personally using a handgun, resulting in death. Yooun was charged on July 11 and Campbell was charged today.
Their arraignments were postponed until Aug. 23 in Department 30 of the Foltz Criminal Justice Center. Bail was denied for both men.
On the morning of July 3, the defendants allegedly entered a gas station at Venice and Houser boulevards and forced the clerk to lay on the ground while they stole lottery tickets, prosecutors said. Before leaving, Yooun is accused of shooting the clerk, 52-year-old Akram Hanna, who died at the scene.
Police later arrested the men.
The defendants face a possible maximum sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole or death if convicted as charged. A decision will be made at a later date on whether to seek the death penalty.
Deputy District Attorney Byron Beck is prosecuting the case.
The case remains under investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department.
Los Angeles District Attorney / case BA469488 / July 19, 2018