Clerk Charged With Murder After Fight At Mini Mart Pleads Not Guilty

A store clerk has been arraigned on a charge of murder after an altercation with a customer became deadly last week. Last Tursday night, 46-year-old Shannon Rawlins was working the cash register at the AM/PM Mini Mart on Lake Boulevard at Masonic Lane when 51-year-old Miguel Padilla came into the store. Padilla exchanged hostile words with another customer and Rawlins told Padilla to leave the other person alone, which he did. The other customer left the store and Rawlins rang up Padilla for his purchase, then walked out from behind the counter and confronted Padilla, who raised his arm before Rawlins shoved him to the floor. Rawlins kicked at the man as he tried to stand up and when Padilla got to his feet and the two squared off, Rawlins punched Padilla twice. Padilla fell to the floor twice and struck his head both times. The second time he was knocked unconscious and never got up. Rawlins called 9-1-1 as Padilla lay on the floor bleeding from his nose. He died after arriving at a hospital. Detectives talked to witnesses, viewed surveillance video and interviewed Rawlins. They determined that Padilla never threatened Rawlins with violence or challenged him to fight, and therefore Rawlins could not claim self defense. On Wednesday Rawlins entered a not guilty plea and his bail was set at $1 Million. He’ll return to court next Wednesday.