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7-Eleven murder suspect held without bond

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Victim Kenneth Redding, HCSO mug, 2002 Victim Kenneth Redding, HCSO mug, 2002
RIVERVIEW, FL -

A 20-year-old, with an extensive criminal record, faced a judge Thursday in Charlotte County for the first degree murder of a 7-Eleven store clerk.

Hillsborough County Sheriff's Officials say three men were taken into custody in connection to the Wednesday morning slaying at the convenience store at 11015 Bloomingdale Ave. 

Russell Beasley, 25, and Brandan Green, 23, were detained after their car was stopped on Fruitville Road in Sarasota County.  Hillsborough Sheriff Investigators questioned them for hours, then released them Thursday morning saying there wasn't enough evidence to connect them to the murder. 

Lawrence Bongiovanni, 20, was also arrested Wednesday night in Charlotte County after deputies spotted him walking down a road.  Investigators believe he is the man seen on camera stabbing the clerk, Kenneth Redding, 54.

"We're happy to have quickly captured these dangerous individuals," said Sheriff Spokesperson Larry McKinnon.

A customer walked into the store at 1:15 AM and found Redding bleeding on the ground with multiple stab wounds, deputies said. 

"I just wish I could've done more," said the customer, Jimmy Walker. "The EMT people said stop the blood, so I did what I could. I'm praying for him."

Walker said he was a regular at the store and knew Redding. 

Hillsborough Sheriff David Gee said Bongiovanni took scratch off lotto tickets from the store, but investigators don't believe that's the motive for the murder.

Bongiovanni had a first appearance hearing Thursday morning.  A Charlotte County judge decided he should stay in jail without bond until he's transferred to the Hillsborough County jail.

Stay with WFLA.com for updates on this developing story.

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