State seeks death penalty for suspect in restaurant robbery and murder

(WIAT) — The state has filed court documents announcing their intention to seek the death penalty in the case of 19-year-old Roderick King.

King is charged with the January 2016 murder of Ashton Blake Roberts during a robbery at a Jack’s Restaurant location in Pleasant Grove. He is also being tried on charges of robbing a Burger King in Fairfield and a Papa Murphy’s in Hueytown.

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Later that year, King applied for a youthful offender status in the crime, which he was denied.

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King is set to go to trial in January of 2018.

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