|For Immediate Release
Case # 04NF4355
April 22, 2008
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Public Affairs Counsel
MAN CONVICTED OF EXECUTION STYLE MURDER OF ANAHEIM LIQUOR STORE OWNER
SANTA ANA – An Anaheim man was convicted today of shooting and murdering a Korean-American liquor store owner while burglarizing the store. Robert Quenton Feeney, 27, was found guilty by a jury of murder and the sentencing enhancements for murder during the commission of robbery and burglary were found true. Feeney faces a maximum sentence of life without the possibility of parole at his sentencing on June 13, 2008 in Department C-40, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.
Co-defendant Raheem Abdul Edwards, 27, was charged December 13, 2004 with murder and sentencing enhancement allegations for murder during the commission of robbery and burglary (case # 04NF4451). Edwards is currently serving a life sentence in the State of New York for murder.
At approximately 9:25 a.m. on December 15, 2000, Feeney and Edwards went to the Lucky Seven Liquor Mart in Anaheim wearing hooded sweatshirts and gloves. The store owner, Haeng Shin Kim, 57, was working behind the counter. The defendants put several items on the counter and Edwards is accused of walking away to the back of the store. The victim followed Edwards to the back of the store and Feeney walked out of the store to make sure no one was outside. Feeney then re-entered the store and walked to the back toward Edwards and the victim.
Once at the back of the store, Feeney pulled a firearm from the waistband of his pants. As Kim struggled to get away and began to run to the front of the store, Feeney shot the victim one time in the back. The victim fell to the ground and tried to escape by crawling to the door, but Feeney walked up behind the defendant and executed him by shooting him in the back of the head. Edwards is accused of stealing money from the cash register as Feeney watched the door. A customer pulled into the parking lot and the defendants fled the scene. The customer found the victim and called 9-1-1, but Kim was pronounced dead at the scene. The murder was captured on surveillance cameras from the liquor store.
On December 3, 2004, Feeney was arrested in Independence, Missouri on a probation violation related to an Iowa sexual assault conviction. Detectives from the Anaheim Police Department interviewed Feeney in Missouri and the defendant was brought back to Orange County to face charges.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Howard Gundy of the Homicide Unit is prosecuting this case.