LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Authorities said two women were charged Thursday with killing a liquor store clerk during an attempted robbery in North Hollywood.
Rosa Manuela Barrientos, 23, and Maria Michelle Inzunza, 25, both Los Angeles residents, face one count of murder with the special circumstance allegation that it was committed during a robbery and one count of attempted robbery of the second degree.
The case also alleges that Barrientos killed the victim by personally and intentionally discharging a handgun. She was convicted of second-degree robbery last year.
Deputy DA’s Elan Carr and Elizabeth Dickinson will prosecute.
Mohammed Kalam, 61, was fatally shot in the head as the two defendants tried to rob a liquor store on Sherman Way and Bellaire Avenue in North Hollywood last Saturday evening, prosecutors allege.
If convicted as charged, both defendants face the death penalty or life in state prison without the possibility of parole. The decision whether to seek capital punishment will be made at a later date, the DA said.
Barrientos and Inzunza are being held without bail.
Los Angeles Police Department Valley Bureau Homicide detectives continues to investigate the fatal shooting.