The Latest: Defense says public outcry prompts murder charge

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Posted: Mar 31, 2017 2:51 PM
The Latest: Defense says public outcry prompts murder charge

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Latest on the Cincinnati nightclub gun battle (all times local):

2: 15 p.m.

The attorney for a man charged with murder in a Cincinnati nightclub gun battle blames his arrest on public pressure in the aftermath of the Sunday shooting that killed one man and injured 16 people.

Attorney Clyde Bennett II tells The Associated Press the murder count against 27-year-old Cornell Beckley is "a product of public outcry, social appeasement and politics."

Bennett says Beckley pleaded not guilty Friday. A judge set bond at $1.7 million.

Cincinnati police say they expect a grand jury to add charges against Beckley and a second suspect, who is hospitalized in critical condition. The suspect's father says his son is innocent.

Police also say more arrests in the shooting at the Cameo club are possible.


10 a.m.

A judge has set bond at $1.7 million for a man charged with murder in a Cincinnati nightclub gun battle.

Police arrested 27-year-old Cornell Beckley on Thursday in the early Sunday shooting. He had a bandage on his forehead when he appeared before a judge who told him Friday that the total bond represented $100,000 for each person injured when the gunfire broke out.

One man was killed and two of the 16 other people injured were wounded critically, including a second man who is facing murder charges while still hospitalized in critical condition.

Prosecutors will likely seek additional charges before a grand jury. Beckley's attorney didn't immediately return a message seeking comment.

Cincinnati police say more arrests are possible.

The Cameo Club is closing for good Friday.


7:40 a.m.

The father of a man hospitalized in critical condition after a Cincinnati nightclub shooting says he was elated to learn that police were charging two suspects — and then devastated to find out his son was one of them.

A man was fatally shot and 16 other people were hurt when a dispute escalated into the gunbattle at the Cameo club early Sunday. Police on Thursday announced the arrests of two men on murder charges.

The hospitalized suspect, 29-year-old Deondre Davis, has been unresponsive and on a ventilator. His father, Jackie Davis, says he doesn't believe the allegations against his son.

Their attorney, Carl Lewis, says he's waiting for all the facts.

No attorney was listed for the second defendant, 27-year-old Cornell Beckley, ahead of an anticipated Friday court appearance