Man suspected in fatal Cumberland clerk shooting appears in court

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Kiree Hayes

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (January 19, 2016) — One of the men suspected in the killing of a Cumberland convenience store clerk appeared in court Tuesday morning.

Police say they believe Kiree Hayes, 23, and two male juveniles are connected to the murder Monte Singh, 24, as well as a robbery that happened on the east side.

Officers say the three suspects pistol-whipped a clerk and robbed a Rich Oil gas station on Brookville Road — then ran from the scene and crashed their car. Police say the car and all three men matched the description of the suspects who shot Singh earlier that night. Singh was a store clerk at the Cumberland Express Mart.

Cumberland police say they won’t release that surveillance video because you can see two witnesses in the tape. One of them is a 19-year-old girl who says she was standing right next to Singh when he was shot and killed.

CBS4 spoke exclusively to her about what she witnessed.

“When he jumped over the counter to talk to me, he had the gun in his hand pointed towards me,” she said.

“They leaned over the counter and told me to open the cash register — I told them I didn’t know how and they ran out.”

Cumberland police say they’re confident in this arrest because of the clarity of the surveillance video as well as the voices on the video.

IMPD says all three suspects will be charged as adults.

Hayes appeared in court Tuesday morning. The state hasn’t filed formal charges yet. Hayes is scheduled to be back in court on Friday at 9 a.m.

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