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WOMAN INDICTED IN FATAL ROBBERY AT E. SIDE STORE

Theresa Virgil, an unemployed Buffalo woman, was indicted in the fatal shooting of delicatessen owner Thomas Reid during a robbery last December, law enforcement sources confirmed today.

Ms. Virgil, 25, is the sister of the initial suspect in the case. She is expected to surrender for arraignment within the next 24 hours in the killing of Reid, 67, during a robbery last Dec. 28 at his store at 1038 E. Ferry St.

Both Alan D. Goldstein, the woman's attorney, and Erie County District Attorney Kevin M. Dillon confirmed the homicide indictment.

Goldstein said he has worked out a deal with prosecutors to take Ms. Virgil to court for arraignment before State Supreme Court Justice Penny M. Wolfgang, rather than have her arrested on the street.

Dillon declined to comment on what role Ms. Virgil's jailed brother, Melvin Virgil, 28, of Hurlock Avenue, might have had in the case. Dillon said the investigation into the Reid murder "is continuing."

Virgil is an ex-convict who has been arrested 18 times on charges of rape, robbery, burglary and weapons possession.

Reid was found shot in the head inside the delicatessen he owned and operated for more than two decades.

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