Community members recall Sunhouse convenience store murders as jury selection continues

Published: May. 8, 2019 at 8:53 PM EDT
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HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Jury selection continued into it’s third day for the accused in connection to the Sunhouse convenience store murders and robberies.

Jerome Jenkins is the last man to go on trial in the case.

Like many jurors who took the stand on Wednesday, community members said they can’t forget the incidents that happened at the two convenience stores.

“I knew something was going on,” said Charles Singleton.

He lives down the street from the Sunhouse convenience store on the corner of Oak Street and Cultra Road. Police said that’s where Trisha Stull was killed during an armed robbery on Jan. 25, 2015.

“Next thing I know the whole force from Conway was in the parking lot,” said Singleton.

Police said weeks earlier, on Jan. 2 2015, Bala Gopal Paruchuri was killed during an armed robbery at the Sunhouse convenience store on Red Bluff Road and Highway 905.

The state is seeking the death penalty in this case. Potential jurors were asked questions pertaining to the death penalty, but the judge made it clear to them that Jenkins is presumed innocent if and until proven guilty by the state.

Jury selection is expected to continue Thursday morning.

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