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Shaun D. King, the man charged in the gruesome killing of a 7-Eleven clerk in Gaithersburg, was indicted Thursday on first-degree murder, the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s office announced.

The case will proceed in Montgomery County Circuit Court.

King, 36, was arrested Jan. 23 outside the 7-Eleven convenience store at 9051 Snouffer School Road. Police found him standing outside the store with blood on his clothes. King took off running after he was handcuffed, police alleged in arrest records filed in Montgomery County District Court.

Meanwhile, store clerk Abdul Ghaffar, 63, of Gaithersburg lay dying in a pool of blood near the coffee bar. Surveillance footage shows King ambushing the clerk from behind, then standing over his body for several minutes after stabbing Ghaffar in the neck, face and wrists, police alleged.

Another clerk in the store pushed a panic button and then called 911.

Ghaffar later died at the hospital, leaving behind a wife and seven children.

Medical tests determined he was stabbed more than 70 times, Montgomery County Assistant State’s Attorney Robert Hill said during a bail hearing in January.

The men did not know each other.

Prosecutors said King suffers from schizophrenia. A judge granted a request that King---who was on suicide watch at the time of his bail hearing---be evaluated to determine whether he is competent to stand trial.

The findings of the psychological evaluation were unknown as of noon Monday.

An attorney was not listed for King in court records accessed online.

A scheduling hearing was set for Friday in Circuit Court.