No death penalty hearing at court for man accused of killing Shelby Farah

by: Jessie McDonough Updated:

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The man accused of shooting a 20-year-old cellphone store clerk execution style appeared in court Monday morning.  

James Rhodes went before a judge for a pretrial hearing at the Duval County Courthouse at 9 a.m.

Rhodes' lawyers were expected to try and have the death penalty thrown out by claiming he has a mental disability. However, there was no death penalty hearing during court. 

The next pretrial hearing is scheduled for Aug. 26. 


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The surveillance video from Metro PCS in July 2013 shows the suspect entering the store. Police say the victim, Shelby Farah, did everything the robber asked while she was working on the Northside.

Farah handed over the money, only to be shot three times.

Rhodes' adopted mother was the one who identified him in the surveillance tape.