Man Pleads Not Guilty in South LA Store Clerk's Killing

The mother of five was killed as she finished her shift at a discount store

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    Eric Atkinson, 31, arrested in connection with the shooting death of Martha Sanchez at a South LA store.

    A man pleaded not guilty to a murder charge Tuesday in the slaying of a mother of five as she finished her shift at a South Los Angeles discount store.

    Eric Atkinson, 31, is accused of gunning down 39-year-old Martha Sanchez at the Happy Bargain 99 Cent store on the night of Sept. 17.

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    Atkinson is scheduled to be back in court Nov. 25.

    Investigators said Atkinson was already in custody on a parole violation when police identified him as the suspect with the help of surveillance video showing a man leaving the store. There was also surveillance video from inside the store that will likely be used in court, detectives said.

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    Officers also recovered a handgun that they believe was used "on the day of the crime."

    On the night of the fatal shooting, a customer of the store in the 7400 block of South Broadway found Sanchez and phoned for help. Sanchez later died at a hospital.

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