Men charged for Oct. 2013 murder

EAST ST. LOUIS – Three men are charged with the murder of a man outside a beauty supply store last October.

Ernest Whitley Jr.; 18, John J. Paraham, 20; and Travion C. Wells, 21, are each charged with one count of first-degree murder. Whitley is also charged with one count of conspiracy to commit armed robbery.

The trio are accused of shooting 53-year-old Abdulaziz Al-Hakim outside Beauty Royal Supply Store around 1:30 p.m. October 3, 2013.

Al-Hakim's business partner, Ali Dahaba, told NewsChannel 5 in October he was inside the store during the shooting, peeked outside when he heard the shots, and hid when the suspect started shooting at him. He said when he went outside, he found his friend lying on the ground.


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