A Macon police detective testified Monday that a fight between Arthur Thomas Freeman III and Deion Davis sparked the chain of events that led to Davis being shot multiple times at Macons Zodiac Lounge on July 5.
Davis, 21, was shot eight times and survived his injuries. Jamonni Bland, 17, was shot five times and died.
Davis and Freeman got into an argument, involving both of them throwing blows, because Davis allegedly invaded Freemans personal space, detective Sean McCulley said during a commitment hearing for Freeman at the Bibb County Magistrate Court.
Infrared surveillance video from inside the club shows the altercation and later shows Freeman, 27, standing within arms reach of Davis when Davis was allegedly shot by 27-year-old John Michael Hollingshed, McCulley said.
Hollingshed passed the gun to 30-year-old Andre Maurice Bonner, who allegedly then shot Bland.
At some point while Davis was being shot, Freeman grabbed him and pulled Davis back while he was running and trying to escape, McCulley said.
Responding to questions posed by Freemans lawyer, McCulley said the video doesnt show any conversation between Freeman and the man accused of shooting Davis.
Despite an argument from Freemans lawyer that evidence doesnt support the attempted murder charge levied against Freeman, Magistrate Cedric Leslie ruled there is enough evidence to move the case forward.
Following the hearing, Freemans lawyer, Franklin J. Hogue, said Freeman had been invited to the club by the owner. Freeman didnt travel to the club with the other seven people charged in the case, Hogue said.
Hogue said authorities havent explained how they connect Freemans fight with Davis to Davis later being shot.
Its one thing to get into a fight with a guy at a nightclub. Its another to try to kill him, he said. These could be two completely different events.
During the hearing, McCulley testified that at least two of Freemans co-defendants and the police gang unit have identified Freeman as a member of Macons Mafia street gang.
He contended that a group-beating of Davis that occurred before the shooting was a group activity in which several members of the Mafia gang participated.
Freeman also is charged with criminal participation in street gang activity.
Freeman is one of seven people jailed in connection with the incident. Authorities allege all seven are members of the Mafia street gang.
Police still are searching for 29-year-old Jimmy Scott III, who is wanted on charges of attempted murder and criminal participation in street gang activity.
Authorities have alleged a group of people, including Freeman, beat Davis inside the club, located at the RiverView Event Center near Walnut Street and Broadway. The Zodiac Lounge is inside the center.
Later that morning, Davis and Bland were shot.
Commitment hearings for Bonner, Kiyo Latrice Johnson, 30, and Percy Welch Jr., 37, are scheduled for Wednesday. All three are charged with attempted murder and participation in criminal street gang activity. Bonner additionally is charged with murder.
Anyone with information about the shooting or Scotts whereabouts is asked to call police at 751-7500 or Macon Regional CrimeStoppers at 877-68-CRIME.
Information from Telegraph archives was used in this report. To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.