Slain clerk laid to rest, three charged in crime
Mon, 18 Aug 2008 22:45:04 GMT —
Funeral services were held Monday for a West Toledo cashier who was shot to death on the job. Meantime, three men faced judges for their alleged roles in the crime.
The accused killer was back in Toledo Municipal Court. Anthony Belton, 22, is charged with robbing and murdering Matthew Dugan Wednesday at the BP on Dorr and Secor. Investigators believe Belton shot the 34-year-old clerk in the back of the head, after the victim handed over the money. The judge granted Belton's request for a public defender
Tony Bivens, 17, was in juvenile court for the first time, charged with Aggravated Robbery. Toledo Police say the teen was a passenger in the getaway car. Prosecutors want Bivens tried as an adult. The judge denied his request to be released to his mother.
The man who has been called a low-life for capitalizing on the clerks killing also faced a judge. Michael Johnson is accused of failing to report the death, and stealing cigarettes. Surveillance video shows the customer looking at Dugan's body. Instead of helping the victim, he helps himself to cigarettes. Johnson claims that he never saw the body. He's free on bond. The judge gave Johnson a week to find a lawyer.