LONG BEACH - A Perris man accused of the brazen murder of a store clerk caught on videotape was ordered to stand trial Monday at Long Beach Superior Court.
Edgar Vasquez will be arraigned March 11 to face murder and robbery charges in the January 2011 killing of Sor Phouam, 53, at the P & B Liquor Store on Fourth Street and Cherry Avenue.
The murder charge carries a special circumstance that it was committed in a robbery and both carry gun enhancements.
In a preliminary hearing in Judge Judith Meyer's courtroom, homicide Detective Roger Zottneck testified that Vasquez was picked from an array of photographs by a witness, and that a bullet casing found at the scene was matched to a gun linked to Vasquez in a separate case in Riverside.
Vasquez was allegedly shown on tape pulling out a chrome-plated .357 Magnum revolver and killing the clerk with a single shot from close range.
Soon after the shooting, police released surveillance video that showed two suspects entering the store and going up to the counter where an unidentified customer had just made a purchase. The suspect identified as Vasquez allegedly pulled the gun, shot and killed Phouam, and the customer was robbed.
In the wake of the video release, both the 4th Street Business Improvement District and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors offered rewards for information leading to the suspects' identities and whereabouts.
An anonymous tip in March led Long Beach police to Vasquez, who was being held in Riverside on an unrelated charge, police said.
Officials didn't reveal they had Vasquez until October in attempts to find the alleged accomplice.
Vasquez remains in jail without bond.