Friend testifies against teen accused of shooting, killing beloved store clerk

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MIDWEST CITY, Okla. – A teen accused of robbing a convenience store and killing the clerk was in court for a preliminary hearing on Friday.

Friends and family of Salman Tahir, known as Sam, are ready to see justice served.

"Sam had a big heart. He loved everyone. He'd walk in every day, knew who you were, knew what you were there for. Always greeted you with a smile,” Kelly Norris, a good friend of Tahir’s, said.

Back in September, Tahir was working at GI’s Market in Midwest City.

Surveillance footage captures a man walking into the store with a handgun. Even after Tahir handed over $200 in cash, police say the man shot Tahir in the back.

“You look at all his friends, all his family, everybody that loves Sam, and the inside, we're all dying inside. It's not fair that this guy would come in and rob him and shoot him,” a friend of Tahir’s said.

Prosecutors allege 17-year-old Samuel Myers killed Sam Tahir that day.

At a preliminary hearing Friday, Myers’ close friend took the stand.

He claims he was with Myers earlier that morning, testifying the two walked to GI’s around 7 a.m. to get something to eat, but the store was closed.

That’s when he says they walked back to another friend’s house.

He testified that Myers left again for about 30 minutes, around the time GI’s was robbed. When Myers got back, Williams claims he pulled out a big wad of cash.

However, the defense questioned Williams’ account of this because he didn’t tell police about it when he was first interviewed.

On Friday, a judge bound him over for trial on the charges of first-degree murder and first-degree robbery.

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