SEATTLE -- A 19-year-old convicted of killing a convenience store clerk in Seattle's Ballard neighborhood during a robbery faces at least 27 years in prison when he is sentenced in King County Superior Court.
The jury returned the verdict Monday against Elijah S. Hall. He was convicted of murder in the July 2009 shooting of the clerk, Manish Melwani, at the Pit Stop Express in the Ballard neighborhood.
Hall had earlier pleaded guilty but withdrew the plea under the advice of new lawyers.
In court documents, King County prosecutors say Hall admitted he robbed the Pitt Stop Express and shot Melwani.
Surveillance video captured the crime and helped lead detectives to a nearby home where they arrested Hall. Prosecutors say the suspect's fingerprints were found at the crime scene.
Melwani came to the U.S. about three years ago from India and was about to be married.