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Store Clerk Faces Las Vegas Judge In Beer Theft Killing Case

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A judge says a 26-year-old store clerk accused of fatally shooting a beer thief outside a Las Vegas convenience market can be freed on house arrest and electronic monitoring pending her next court hearing.

Suse Antunez-Garcia stood in shackles Tuesday before a Las Vegas judge who assigned defense attorney JoNell Thomas to represent her on a murder charge in the killing of 56-year-old Robert Lee Cook.

Thomas declined to comment outside court.

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Judge Joe M. Bonaventure noted that Antunez-Garcia posted $10,000 bail. He set a May 1 preliminary hearing of evidence.

Police say Antunez-Garcia shot Cook on Friday after Cook and a woman allegedly took several cases of beer and scuffled with a store manager before fleeing in a vehicle.

The coroner says Cook was pronounced dead at a hospital.