13 time convicted felon murdered storekeeper during robbery, divvied up money before fleeing: prosecutors

CHICAGO — A 13-time convicted felon murdered a hardworking grocery store clerk during a robbery in January, then split the robbery proceeds with other people before leaving the scene, prosecutors said.

Jimmy Smith, 45, is detained as a public safety threat after appearing before Judge William Fahy on Sunday.

Smith went to the Half Moon grocery store, 360 East 79th Street, just before closing time on January 9, prosecutors told Fahy. About 30 minutes later, he returned and confronted the storekeeper, Shadi Almomani, as Almomani stepped into his car behind the store around 10:15 p.m.

Jimmy Smith and Shadi Almomani (Chicago Police Department, Gun Memorial)

A witness heard someone demand Almomani’s wallet, followed by a popping sound, prosecutors said. Video showed the assailant was Smith, who shot Almomani in the head after Almomani tried to grab his hand, according to prosecutors.

They said a witness saw Smith “distribute money to individuals on scene” before leaving the area.

Almomani, 43, moved to the United States from Jordan late last year. Friends said he was a police officer there.

Smith’s file in the Cook County court system includes dozens of criminal cases dating back to 1995. According to the records, he has been sentenced to prison for auto theft-related charges in 1996, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2007, 2013, and 2021. He was convicted of escaping electronic monitoring twice and received three years for attempting to disarm a peace officer in 2017.

He is now charged with first-degree murder, murder during the commission of a forcible felony, and causing bodily harm by discharging a firearm during robbery.

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