A 20-year-old Sun Valley man who allegedly served as the getaway driver in the Aug. 14 robbery and slaying of a Van Nuys 7-Eleven store clerk was ordered Monday to stand trial on a charge of murder.
Van Nuys Municipal Judge James M. Coleman also ruled that the prosecution had presented enough evidence to hold the man, Aries Yap, for trial on charges of robbery and attempted robbery in connection with the holdup the next evening of a man and woman at a Panorama City apartment building.
Yap's alleged accomplice, Phouvong (Freeman) Inthavong, 19, of Hollywood, said during Yap's three-day preliminary hearing that he shot the clerk, Vijay Shankar Roy, because he thought Roy was reaching for a gun.
Inthavong testified Monday that he and Yap had been "looking for someone to rob" and that they planned the two robberies together. Inthavong said Yap provided him with the gun and drove the getaway car on both occasions.