Carryout clerk charged with shooting death returns to court

Bandar Abu-Karsh, 28.

The carryout clerk accused in the shooting death of a would-be robber will return to court for a pre-trial hearing on Wednesday morning.

Bandar Abu-Karsh, 28, has pleaded not guilty to charges of voluntary manslaughter. He is currently being held at the Seneca County Jail on immigration charges.

Last November, two men entered Express Carryout in north Toledo armed with a semiautomatic weapon. Police said Lamar Allen, 25, and his accomplice, Joseph R. Hunter, intended to rob the business when Abu-Karsh fired multiple shots at the pair.

Allen was killed during the shooting. Hunter fled the scene and was later arrested. He was sentenced on Tuesday to 32 years in prison.

While Hunter did not pull the trigger, a jury found him responsible for Allen's death because Allen wouldnâ??t have died if the pair had not been trying to rob the store.