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The alleged getaway driver in a deadly robbery in Brea is scheduled to be arraigned Friday on a murder charge.

Edward Dewayne Nelson, 33, of Perris was arrested Wednesday on a warrant charging him with one count of murder. The alleged gunman, Thomas Allen Jenkins III, was arrested and charged in January and is next due in court July 28.

The two are accused in the death of 44-year-old Alex Lin of Brea, who was confronted about 9:30 a.m. last Jan. 28 in the underground parking area of a Target store at 855 E. Birch St., according to Brea police Lt. Darrin Devereux.

Nelson is accused of driving Jenkins to and from the crime scene, Senior Deputy District Attorney Jennifer Walker said.

Brea detectives knew Jenkins allegedly had an accomplice, but they only recently figured out his identity, Devereux said.

“There was a lot of good work by the detectives to track him (Nelson) down over the past six months or so,” the lieutenant said.

Jenkins, who was arrested later in the day of the shooting, also faces a sentence-enhancing allegation of the discharge of a firearm causing death.

—City News Service

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