Suspect in South Ave liquor store murder to be tried in September
Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - The parolee accused of beating a liquor store owner to death on South Avenue earlier this year will have his case go to trial in September.
Kevin Quander is charged with murdering Charlotte Lahr on March 5. Lahr owned Char's South Avenue Wine and Liquor on South Avenue near Highland Park.
In court Friday, the judge ruled that evidence collected from where Quander was staying can be used in the trial.
After that ruling, prosecutors brought in details from a different case involving Quander. They want to combine Quander's alleged involvement in a February 8 knifepoint robbery and the murder case into one trial.
Attorneys said Quander is a suspect in the robbery outside a Metro PCS store. Witnesses in the case chose Quander's photo out of a photo array.
Defense attorneys argued that the witnesses chose the photo on the same day Quander was arrested for Lahr's murder - March 5. The prosecution countered that the witnesses did not watch the news and could not have known who Quander was.
The judge will rule on the combined robbery and murder trial at a later date and will notify lawyers by email.
The next meeting was scheduled for September 11, which is when the murder trial is scheduled to begin.
Defense attorneys said there is not enough time to prepare, but the judge said he will keep the current timeline for the case.
A 13WHAM News investigation found Quander was once given a life sentence that should have prevented his release. Instead he walked free, after his sentence was reduced to just probation.
Police say Quander also used a knife to stab Charlotte Lahr to death inside her liquor store. Authorities say he stabbed the victim until the knife broke, then beat her with a wine bottle.
The entire attack was captured by the store security cameras. He had been out on parole just 49 days.