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Mac's Convenience stores murder suspects appear in court

Two men and a 13-year-old boy, all charged with first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of two Edmonton convenience store clerks, made brief court appearances Monday.

Teenager faced charges earlier this year for personal robberies and weapons offenses

Laylin Delorme, 24, Colton Steinhauer, 27, are charged with two counts of first-degree murder, robbery with a prohibited restricted firearm, being disguised with intent, and other offences. (Instagram/Facebook)

Two men and a 13-year-old boy, all charged with first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of two Edmonton convenience store clerks, made brief court appearances Monday.

Laylin Delorme, 24, Colton Steinhauer, 27, and a 13-year-old boy who cannot be named are each charged with two counts of first-degree murder, robbery with a prohibited restricted firearm, being disguised with intent, and other offences.

Karanpal Bhangu, 35, and Ricky Cenabre, 41, were both working overnight shifts, alone, at separate Mac's Convenience stores early Friday morning when masked gunmen walked in and shot them, leaving with what police say were small amounts of cash.

Karanpal Bhangu, 35, was killed while working at a Mac's Convenience store in Mill Woods. He is shown with his son Royce and his wife Kiran in this image from the "gofundme" website. (gofundme.com)

The 13-year-old appeared in an Edmonton provincial courtroom in person. He wept while shifting his weight from one foot to the other throughout the proceedings.

Several supporters were in the courtroom. One woman said, "I love you," as the boy was led away, while another mouthed similar words. 

Delorme and Steinhauer appeared separately by closed-circuit television from the Edmonton Remand Centre.

Both wore orange prison jumpsuits and showed no emotion as legal representatives asked that the cases be put over to give the accused time to retain legal counsel.

Delorme and Steinhauer are scheduled to appear in court next on Jan. 11. The 13-year-old is set to appear on Jan. 4.

Violent criminal records

All three accused have criminal records.

In May, the boy was charged with possessing prohibited weapons for having nunchucks and pruning shears. Five months later the youth was in court again for three counts of robbery against individuals and possession of bear spray.

Both Delorme and Steinhauer have violent criminal histories dating back to 2010.

Laylin Delorme, 24, pictured on his Instagram account in August 2015. (Instagram )
Delorme was convicted twice, in November 2010 and October 2014, of assault with a weapon. He was sentenced to six months in jail in each instance. In the November 2010 case, Delorme was also given a lifetime ban on owning firearms.

Over the past five years, he has been convicted of a string of other offences, including drug possession, obstruction of a peace officer, mischief and theft.

Steinhauer's criminal history dates back to March 2010, when he pleaded guilty to assault with a weapon. He was sentenced to a day in jail and a $100 fine.

Steinhauer was subsequently convicted of assault causing bodily harm, assault, threats to cause death or bodily harm, and other offences.

He was slated to appear in court on Dec. 7 and Dec. 15 for failure to comply with his probation.

Troubling social media accounts

In their social media profiles, Delorme and Steinhauer pose with guns, and give gang signs and middle fingers to the camera.

Colton Steinhauer, 27, posted this photo on his Facebook page in July 2013. (Facebook)
A picture on Delorme's Instagram account, posted last month, shows him flanked by two people holding guns. The caption reads, "We out here 30pack leave ur body slumpped" (sic) and uses the hashtag #murderous.

Another picture from Delorme's account features a masked man pointing a gun directly at the camera. "Ski mask on I'm coming for your ice, bare face I'm coming for your life," the caption reads.

The violent pictures are juxtaposed with pictures of Delorme holding a small child he identifies as his son.

Steinhauer's Facebook page contains similar images. One picture from July 2013 shows Steinhauer pointing a gun directly at the camera, while another gun appears to be holstered in his belt.

Like Delorme, Steinhauer's social media account features pictures of him playing with young children, including pictures of him sleeping with a baby.