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Suspect in Pure Food Mart murder appears in court
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Accused murderer Corronis Hurst made his first appearance in court Thursday where further trial dates were set.

Hurst, 20, allegedly shot and killed Aslam Muhammad during a robbery in August. Hurst's first pretrial motion hearing is scheduled for Jan. 10, 2008.

He is charged with malice murder, felony murder, armed robbery, aggravated assault, theft by receiving stolen property and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

 The crime Hurst is accused of occurred on a Friday night when Hurst reportedly entered the Pure Food Mart, located on the corner of Ga. Highway 162 and Morningside Drive, and robbed Muhammad. Security cameras reportedly caught Hurst grabbing money from the $1 and $5 trays of the cash register before shooting Muhammad in the face.

Hurst was arrested a few days later at his home at 4215 Mote Road, which is located just a few miles away from the scene of the crime, said Newton County Sheriff's Office Lt. Bill Watterson.

Muhammad, of Lawrenceville, was a father of three and was the owner of the Pure Station. His wife is a recent immigrant to the United States and the couple were active in their mosque, said NCSO Lt. Keith Crum.

"He was apparently well liked in the community," Crum said of Muhammad at the time of the shooting. "If someone was running low on money and needed diapers or baby formula, he would give then store credit."