Gunman charged in Salisbury store owner’s killing wants to apologize

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Christopher Lee Watson, 23; Maurice Robinson, 23, and Kevin Lamont Canzater, 20. (Rowan Co. Sheriff's Office)

SALISBURY, N.C. (AP) — The man charged with killing a Salisbury convenience store owner says he wants to tell the victim’s family that he’s sorry.

The Salisbury Post reports 23-year-old Christopher Lee Watson told a judge Thursday he wants to apologize.  Watson is accused of being the gunman in the death of Hecham Abualeinan, who was shot to death Monday during a robbery at the Z&H Mart.

Also charged are 33-year-old Maurice Alexander Robinson and 20-year-old Kevin Lamont Canzator.  Police say they bought items at the store and left just seconds before the gunman entered.

The three appeared consecutively on a closed-circuit television feed from the adjacent Rowan County jail.  All three were given court-appointed attorneys.  A probable cause hearing is slated for Jan. 9.

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