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Third victim dies, and 4 now charged in Wings Cafe killings

A third victim died Thursday night of gunshot wounds sustained in a gang shootout in a Macon nightclub last week.

Derrick Jackson, 38, was pronounced dead at Medical Center, Navicent Health, just before 8:00 p.m., said Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones.

Jackson underwent emergency surgery shortly after the shooting and had remained hospitalized with serious abdominal injuries, Jones said.

Additional murder counts are expected to be added to the four men charged so far in the killing.

Earlier Thursday, two men charged with murder in connection with the fatal shootings appeared in court, while another man was arrested and also charged with murder.

Markques Patterson, 29, of Macon, was arrested at a Spring Street business about 1:10 p.m. Thursday by Bibb County sheriff’s gang investigators and the U.S. Marshals’ Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force.

He initially was charged with two counts of murder, one count of participating in criminal street gang activity and five counts of aggravated assault.

He is the fourth man to face murder charges in the fatal shooting that also killed DJ George Henley and Corey Hollingshed and sent four, including Patterson, to the hospital. Others charged with murder are Jaquez Terrance Foster, Vertuice Wall and Eric Watkins Jr.

Foster, 23, of Macon, is accused of pulling out a gun and opening fire into a crowd following a fight between rival gang members at the nightclub, according to a warrant.

Foster, who also was among the wounded, was arrested at the Medical Center at 9 p.m. Wednesday, according to a Bibb County Sheriff’s Office news release.

He arrived for court Thursday in a wheelchair and wearing a hospital gown and a leg splint.

Foster appeared before Magistrate Judge Jane Reeves on two counts of murder, five counts of aggravated assault and a probation violation. He requested a commitment hearing to be held after the first of the year.

This is not Foster’s first trip to court.

As an alleged member of the Dope Boy Clicc, he was arrested on three counts of aggravated assault and a charge of criminal street gang activity after a shooting that wounded three people in April 2008, according to court documents.

He pleaded guilty later that year to one of the counts of aggravated assault and the gang charge, and he served three years of a 10-year sentence.

Wall, 38, who also was arrested for murder in the Wings Cafe case Wednesday, was picked up about 4 p.m. at a Marietta apartment by the U.S. Marshals’ task force.

Wall also appeared before Reeves on two counts of murder and one count of criminal street gang activity. He did not appear to fully understand the judge’s question about a commitment hearing or the gang charge he faces. Wall also requested a commitment hearing.

He was booked into the Bibb County jail overnight, where he also is being held on a State Court bench warrant.

Wall served time in state prison for a 1994 burglary. One month and one day after his release, he was accused of aggravated assault and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in October 1995.

He served 10 years, according to the Georgia Department of Corrections website and court documents.

Wall and Watkins, 28, of Lindsey Drive, are members of the street gang Blacc Team and helped instigate the gun battle against members of the Crips, according to arrest warrants.

Watkins was arrested about 2:45 p.m. Tuesday at the corner of Bloomfield and Lindsey drives by the U.S. Marshals’ task force.

He is charged with two counts felony murder and one count of criminal street gang activity.

Watkins made his first court appearance Wednesday and will have a commitment hearing next year.

Surveillance video from the club shows fighting that led to the shooting, and investigators deduced that Watkins and Wall “did intentionally encourage, advise and aid” Patterson and Kenyata Lester to commit an aggravated assault at the club, the warrants state.

Lester had not been arrested as of Thursday evening, according to jail records.

Telegraph writers Jeremy Timmerman and Amy Leigh Womack contributed to this report. To contact writer Liz Fabian, call 744-4303.

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