Jurors see killing, hear confession in murder trial

By Dixon Hayes

ANNISTON, AL (WBRC) - Jurors in a capital murder trial in Calhoun County saw video of convenience store clerk being shot to death and listened to the man on trial for the killing confess to the crime.

Jesse Schueing of Waycross, Georgia, could face the death penalty if convicted of capital murder in the case.  He's accused of fatally shooting Sean Cook, an on-duty clerk at the Express Mart on Highway 78 in Oxford in November 2008.  It's known as the "Pak-a-Sak" case because the store had just been sold and its name changed, but the old signs hadn't been changed yet.
 
Among the things jurors saw in the trial Wednesday: Sean Cook engaging in friendly conversation with a man who, seconds later, shot him in the head and took the cash drawer from the register.
 
They saw another piece of video later in which Scheuing is heard telling an Iowa investigator he killed the clerk under those circumstances.  He mentions having met Cook days earlier.  He also explained how he ended up driving, then hitchhiking, from Oxford to Jasper County, Iowa, after the shooting.
 
On that tape, Scheuing is heard explaining that he heard a longtime friend of his was arrested in the case, and wanted the investigator to know the friend had nothing to do with it.
 
Testimony continues Thursday in Calhoun County Circuit Court in Anniston, with Circuit Judge Malcolm Street presiding.

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