Valdosta man indicted in killing of Lowndes Co. store clerk

Lowndes County authorities say a grand jury has indicted a Valdosta man for the shooting death of a convenience store clerk.

20-year-old Daymon Heard was charged with malice murder, armed robbery and possessing a firearm during the commission of a felony in the July, 30, 2008 slaying of 48-year-old Jay Patel. Investigators said Heard gunned down Patel at Triangle Foods in Twin Lakes on U.S. 41.

Heard has remained incarcerated since his arrest in Jacksonville, Florida. No trial date was announced.