HARRISONBURG - A Rockingham County judge appointed two attorneys Thursday to represent a Richmond man accused of murder one of two owners of a Clover Hill convenience store in February.
On March 24, a Rockingham County grand jury indicted Javon Lamont Arrington, 21, on six felony counts, including capital murder. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.
During a brief hearing, Judge T.J. Wilson appointed Arlington-based attorney Edward Ungvarsky of the Capital Defenders’ Office to represent Arrington. Local attorney Gene Hart was appointed to serve as co-counsel.
Wilson had to appoint an attorney that is qualified by the Virginia Indigent Defense Commission to defend capital cases.
The only local attorney that is qualified to be a lead attorney in a death penalty case is Harrisonburg attorney John Holloran. However, he is already lead counsel in a death penalty case in Shenandoah County.
Wilson scheduled Arrington to appear in court on May 8. On that date, the judge will schedule future hearings and a trial date.
Eun Sim Kim, 51, of Harrisonburg, was shot and killed Feb. 15 during an apparent robbery. Kim's husband, 54-year-old Jae Young, was severely beaten and shot during the robbery at the store at 1228 Clover Hill Road. He remains at University of Virginia Medical Center.
The Kim family was in court for the hearing, but declined to comment after the hearing.
On March 28, the six-week-old hunt for a suspect in the murder came to end with the arrest of Arrington.
The Richmond Police Department and U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force executed a search warrant at a home on that day in the Gilpin Court area of Richmond, where Arrington was arrested without incident.
The store has remained closed since the crime but a "help wanted" sign has been posted on the building. The family plans to reopen the store.
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