An Alexandria grand jury yesterday indicted two people on murder charges in connection with the fatal shooting last Aug. 28 of an optician during an apparent robbery attempt at her Old Town shop.

Darryl Jinks, 25, was indicted on a charge of premeditated murder in the death of Carol Ann Dodd, 35, who was shot in the back at about 2 p.m. while working in her shop at 215 North Washington St. If convicted, Jinks could face the death penalty.

Jinks, whose alias is James Jackson, also was incicted on charges of robbery and the illegal use of a handgun in the incident. Jinks currently is in the Fairfax County Jail awaiting trial on an unrelated robbery charge, according to Alexandria Commonwealth's Attorney John E. Kloch.

Also indicted on murder, robbery and illegal handgun charges in connection with Dodd's death was Gail Patricia Williams, 21, of 1413 Oates St. NE in the District of Columbia. The lesser murder charge against Williams, carries a maximum penalty of life in prison, Kloch said.

Both Jinks and Williams face penalties of five years to life in prison on the robbery charges, and a mandatory one-year prison sentence if convicted of the handgun count, Kloch said.

Alexandria police officials said last month that a tip from a concerned citizen led them to Williams, who was arrested on Sept. 18 and charged by police with murder. She remains in Alexandria city jail without bond.

A trial date for Jinks and Williams is expected to be set at a hearing on Monday.