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Man charged in Bensenville tobacco store slaying

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A Bellwood man has been charged in the murder of a Bensenville tobacco convenience store clerk.

Kenneth Bardlett, 20, of 49th Avenue in Bellwood, has been charged with one count of first-degree murder in the Jan. 19 slaying of Hussein Saghir at Sam's Tobacco and Foodmart in Bensenville, DuPage County State's Attorney Robert B. Berlin and Bensenville police Chief Frank Kosman announced Tuesday in a statement.

Just before 6 p.m. on Jan. 19, as Saghir and another employee were closing up the tobacco store for the night, police said they were confronted by two men -- one of them with a gun who shot and killed Saghir following a brief struggle.

The shooting took place outside the convenience store at 235 W. Irving Park Road during what Kosman said was "an armed robbery that went wrong."

Bardlett has also been charged with one count of attempted armed robbery. He is scheduled to appear in bond court at 8 a.m. Wednesday.

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