PHOENIX — Authorities said two brothers have been arrested in the fatal
April shooting of a clerk at a central Phoenix smoke shop.
Court records indicated that 18-year-old Alex Garcia and 21-year-old Jesse Ruben
Mesa were booked on suspicion of first-degree murder, armed robbery and other
crimes after being taken into custody Friday for questioning.
Police identified the victim as 47-year-old Kadhim Al-Taee. He had been
shot multiple times when customers found his dead body in the shop where a small
fire had been set. The businesss also had been ransacked.
Garcia and Mesa are jailed in lieu of $500,000 bond and a judge has ordered
that lawyers be appointed to represent the two defendants.