Pair charged with attempted murder in jewelry store heist

Authorities yesterday charged a man and woman with attempted murder in last week’s shooting and robbery at a jewelry store in Lenexa.

Vergal L. Clemmons IV, 22, and Crystal D. Slaughter, 24, are charged with attempted first-degree murder and aggravated robbery. Clemmons also is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to an announcement from Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe.

About 3 p.m. June 23, police were called to the Jewelry Shoppe, 7753 Quivira Road, on a reported shooting and robbery. The 71-year-old store owner, who had been shot, was taken to a hospital in stable condition.

Howe said the charges resulted from investigation by Lenexa police and the Johnson County Crime Lab.

Lenexa police arrested Clemmons, Kansas City, Kan., and Slaughter, Lenexa, Tuesday afternoon, according to Johnson County Sheriff’s Office reports. Clemmons’ bond was set at $500,000. Slaughter’s was set at $250,000.

By Sara Shepard

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