The suspect in the Edmonds store clerk murder is now at Purdy Women’s Jail awaiting a King County theft warrant hearing

Flower and balloon memorial outside the Edmonds 7-11 following the shooting death of Nagendiram Kandasamy in 2020. (File photo by Teresa Wippel)

We have updated the developments in the arrest of two suspects in the 2020 murder of 7-11 Registrar Nagendiram Kandasamy years ago. Snohomish County Superior Court documents initially showed a 26-year-old woman, arrested on suspicion of the murder, was released on her own recognizance. It came from the same decision which the judge said showed probable cause that she had committed the murder during an attempted robbery. From the documents, it was unclear whether she was still in custody.

We are not naming the suspects or showing their photos at this time. Our editorial policy is to name people suspected of a crime after they have been formally charged in court.

Updated information from the Washington State Department of Corrections shows that after her initial appearance in Everett last week, the suspect was not released, but was returned to Purdy Women’s Correctional Center in awaiting a hearing on an arrest warrant for a different crime. This one was for a robbery in King’s County. She remains in jail, pending a hearing on this charge. A second suspect in the Kandasamy murder has still been held in the Pierce County Jail for a different sentence.

The current suspects are the same two that police arrested in March 2020, just three weeks after a person broke into 7-11 on Highway 99 at 238th Street SW, shooting and killing Kandasamy, the night clerk.

At this time, Edmonds Police, in conjunction with the North Metro SWAT team, surrounded a home in Enumclaw in King County. For five hours they tried to get two people out of the house; eventually used tear gas and then a K-9 to get them to surrender. Officers arrested the couple, identifying them as “persons of interest” in Edmonds’ murder. But neither was charged at the time.

Now that the woman is in custody and Edmonds police say they implicated the male suspect, they will recommend first-degree murder, attempted robbery and firearms charges against him.

Snohomish County District Attorney Adam Cornell said last week that his office was unable to prepare formal charges within the legal 72-hour time frame after his arrest. So when the judge technically released her, the state stepped in to take her into custody on another outstanding warrant. The Edmonds police are confident they have a case ready for court, and detectives and prosecutors have a bit more time to prepare before trying to prove their case to a jury.

— By Bob Throndsen