Judge releases woman arrested for February 2020 murder of 7-Eleven clerk

A judge has released a 26-year-old woman suspected in the murder of an Edmonds 7-Eleven store clerk.

Nagendirman Kandasamy was killed Feb. 21, 2020 as he was working his shift at an Edmonds 7-Eleven on Highway 99.

An armed assailant allegedly shot and killed Kandasamy after bursting into the store and jumping onto the counter.

The woman arrested had previously been taken into custody on March 15, 2020, during a search warrant operation in Enumclaw.

She was arrested Wednesday by Auburn police during a traffic stop. She was booked into the Snohomish County Jail for first-degree murder and attempted first-degree robbery.

On Friday, she appeared before a judge in Snohomish County and prosecutors said she drove the getaway car.

However, her lawyer argues she was not involved in the crime.

Although the judge found probable cause for murder and attempted robbery, she did not have to stay in jail.

She is expected back in court at a later date.

Detectives will also recommend charges of first-degree murder, attempted first-degree robbery and unlawful possession of a firearm for a 25-year-old man who had also been taken into custody during the March 2020 operation. He is currently in custody on unrelated charges at the Pierce County Jail.

“The cowardly act that took the life of Mr. Kandasamy left a profound impact on his family and our community,” Chief of Police Michelle Bennett said in a statement. “From its first moments, the women and men of Edmonds PD worked tirelessly towards putting this case together and taking a violent suspect off the street. While our detectives led the investigation, they had assistance from several law enforcement partners. This was a total team effort.”