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Rigby Teens Charged With Clerk’s Murder

Wed., Dec. 27, 1995

Three Rigby teenagers have been bound over to 7th District Court on first-degree murder and robbery charges for the Nov. 10 slaying of an Idaho Falls woman at her rural convenience store.

Jefferson County Prosecutor Robin Dunn said Tuesday that all three are expected to be arraigned in mid-January. They were returned to custody at separate eastern Idaho county jails without bond after last Friday’s preliminary hearing before Jefferson County Magistrate Michael Kennedy.

Christopher Thomas Shanahan, 15; Benjamin “B.J.” Jenkins, 15; and Thomas Paul Lundquist, 16, are charged as adults. Shanahan also is charged with using a deadly weapon for allegedly shooting 41-year-old Fidela Tomchak in the back of the head with a .22-caliber rifle while she was stocking shelves at the Grant Merc about six miles west of Rigby.

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