Durham shooting suspect appears in court in wheelchair

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – The man accused of shooting and killing a convenience store clerk in Durham over the weekend made his first court appearance Monday morning.

Dmarlo Johnson, 26, is charged with murder after police say he killed 48-year-old Amer Mahmoud at the Joy Mart on N. Roxboro Street Saturday morning.

Police responded to a robbery call and when they arrived, they heard shots from within then store.

Officers said when Johnson came out of the store he was waving a gun at them. Johnson was shot by police during the incident

Johnson was recently released from the hospital and was brought into the courtroom in a wheel chair.

Johnson didn’t say anything in court, but he did request to be assigned a public defender.

Johnson faces a maximum sentence of life without parole and is expected to appear in court again on July 27.

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