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Trial dates set for 2 suspects in 2012 Hustle Mart triple murder

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FARMVILLE, N.C. - Trial dates have been set for two of the murder suspects in the April 2012 triple murder at the Hustle Mart in Farmville.

9 On Your Side was in court Tuesday as Antwan Anthony and Willie Whitehead went before a judge.
    
Anthony's trial is set for February 16th. He pleaded not guilty to all the charges against him. Willie Whitehead's trial is set for April 20th. Whitehead also pleaded not guilty.

Raekwon Blount and Xavier Shamble are also charged with the murders. Their trial dates have not been set.
    
The four men are accused of shooting three store clerks in April of 2012.
    
Both Whitehead and Anthony are serving time in Central Prison. Willie Whitehead was sent there after an alleged plot to kidnap and kill several law enforcement agents. Antwan Anthony was moved after stabbing a detention officer with a pen.

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Tuesday marks two years since robbers stormed into the Farmville Hustle Mart and shot and killed three people.

The victims, Mokbel "Sam" Almujanahi, Nabil Al'mogannahi and Gaber Alawi were closing shop for the night on April 1, 2012. That's when Pitt County deputies say three other men rushed inside, robbed them of cash and cigarettes, and then shot them execution style.
     
Charged with the murders are Antwan Anthony, Xavier Shamble, Willie Whitehead and 16-year-old Raekwon Blount.
     
Pitt County District Attorney Kimberly Robb expects their murder trials to begin this fall, where she says video evidence will be key.

"It's rare that you have an entire crime captured on video for us to see and really go back and watch again and again, and see the culpability of the different parties involved," Robb said.

It’s that video and those memories that still haunt those who responded to the crime scene that night.

"It was just a very horrific scene,” says Sgt. Shannon Stewart, the lead investigator on the case. “And after, a few days after the investigation had begun and we had caught the individuals involved, it hit you like a ton of bricks really.”

“It was very emotional for the people involved and all of the detectives who had something to do with that case, it affected everybody in one way or another. Once I saw that video that night at the scene, all I wanted to do from that point forward is to get justice for the victims."

It’s justice that will bring relief for the victims' family, but never complete closure.

"Our guys are gone,” Tony Muhssen, the victims’ cousin, said Tuesday. “Nothing will bring them back."

Still, Muhssen says no matter how much time passes, their memories will live on.

“I want them to be remembered for who they were,” he says. “And a lot of people would tell you that they were brave, they were very humble, kind, they treated people right. We just need people to keep them in their prayers and that's all we can ask."
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