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2 charged in murder of Indian student

world Updated: Dec 29, 2010 01:14 IST

US authorities have filed capital murder charges against two men in the fatal shooting of a 22-year-old Indian student during a 20-second robbery ‘blitz’ at a Pasadena convenience store in Texas on Christmas day.

Daniel Jacob Stiner, 22, and Michael Ray Morris, 29, both from Pasadena, were charged in the death of Jayachandra Elaprolu, a computer engineer, who worked as a convenience store clerk.

Elaprolu was living in the Seabrook area, working on a master’s degree in computer engineering at the University of Houston-Clear Lake, a relative said. His remains will be sent home, with the help of the Indian Consulate in Houston.

Police said Stiner surrendered and took investigators to the Conroe area, where he told them that he would recover the mask he used in the violent ‘blitz’ robbery.