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Two Charged in Videotaped Slaying

April 1, 1993

MESQUITE, Texas (AP) _ Two men were charged in the shooting death of a gas station clerk that was recorded on a store security camera.

Anthony Bernard Hampton, 18, and his nephew, Wayne Hampton, 22, both of Dallas, were picked up on murder charges Tuesday, and both of them gave written confessions, police said. Bail was set at $200,000 for each of them.

Pete Shrum was shot three times at point-blank range late Saturday at a Diamond Shamrock gas station in Mesquite, a Dallas suburb. A store security camera captured the shooting, which TV stations aired Monday.

Anthony Hampton confessed to shooting Shrum ″because there was so little money in the cash drawer, and Mr. Shrum had seen his face,″ said Officer Melvin Willis.

″It’s not that you can measure life in a dollar amount. But this was nothing.″

Police said they received several tips from viewers and began tracking the suspects and interviewing relatives. Willis said several family members lied to investigators about the men’s whereabouts and could face criminal charges.

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