Winston-Salem man charged with murder of Star City store clerk | Crime

A Winston-Salem man was charged Friday with first-degree murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon in the June 25 death of a store clerk in the town of Star, according to a warrant filed with the magistrate’s office in the Forsyth County.

State Bureau of Investigation agents arrested James William Ward Jr., 57, of Winston-Salem, and charged him with murder and robbery in the death of Laura Lynn Whiteman, who worked at the Quik Chek convenience store in Star , a small town. in Montgomery County.

Ward was being held in Forsyth County Jail without bail.

According to WGHP/Fox 8 News, the Journal’s newsgathering partner, Whitman was working his first shift at the convenience store when a man attempted to rob the store just after 10 p.m. that Saturday night.

According to an account of the crime given to WGHP by the victim’s daughter, the man jumped off the counter, shot Whitman and took some cash before leaving the store.

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The amount of cash taken in the robbery was only $96, according to the arrest warrant.

Whitman’s daughter, Courtney Rodriguez, told WGHP that Whitman was 53 and working at the Quik Chek in nearby Candor when she was transferred to Star’s store. Rodriguez told WGHP that his mother was a loving person who loved talking to customers and asking how they were doing.

“She was nice, everyone loved her, everyone who came and knew her,” the girl told WGHP.