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Plea entered in June '03 slaying of Kangaroo clerk

By Kathy Jefcoats

One of two defendants facing the death penalty entered a not guilty plea in Henry Superior Court Wednesday.

Kami Anise Faison, 22, is charged with murder and armed robbery in connection with the shooting death of convenience store clerk Michael Patrick Rudy, 25, in June 2003.

Faison's attorney, Dave Slemons said Faison was exercising her right to remain silent and did not make any statements except to affirm her satisfaction with her lawyers and progress in the case.

Webb said he filed 39 motions in the case Tuesday and is looking at 40 to 50 more that may need to be filed. Judge Hal Craig allowed the attorneys a "reasonable" amount of time to file additional motions.

Police say Faison and Kelsey Lee Hall, 19, entered the Kangaroo convenience store on Jodeco Road at the Clayton/Henry county line June 24, 2003, and shot Rudy during an armed robbery. Hall pleaded not guilty in May.

Rudy's stepfather and mother, Mark and Susan Alexander, attended the brief hearing, as they have vowed to do since the arrests.