Junior Tejeda (Booking Photo)
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – A San Bernardino man was convicted Thursday for the 2010 violent murder of a grocery store clerk.
A jury found 35-year-old Junior Tejeda guilty of one count of Murder and two counts of Robbery, and found true two firearm allegations.
On Nov. 8, 2010, a masked man wielding a shotgun—later identified as Tejeda—entered a San Bernardino market, pointed the shotgun at the clerk and asked him to open the register. Before the clerk could respond, Tejeda shot the clerk one time in the head. The defendant, who had just been released from prison 24 hours earlier, never grabbed any money and ran out of the market.
According to Deputy District Attorney Cecilia Joo, who prosecuted the case, it wasn’t until approximately a year and a half later that investigators were able to identify Tejeda as the suspect after he committed another armed robbery.
Tejeda entered the same market, which now had different owners, and demanded money from the store owner. At first, the owner didn’t want to cooperate, but a second victim came out from the back and gave Tejeda some money from the register.
Officers with the San Bernardino Police Department found Tejeda a few blocks away, hiding, with the money and gun dumped nearby. While representing himself, Tejeda attempted to blame a “Government Mind Control Project” as having been the reason for all the crimes.
Tejeda faces 54 years to life when sentenced Aug. 11 at the San Bernardino Justice Center.