MONTGOMERY, Alabama — Bond was denied for two suspects charged with three counts of capital murder in the multiple shooting at Centennial Hill Bar & Grill on Dec. 28.
Montgomery County District Judge Jimmy Pool denied bond for Jason McWilliams and Darius Thomas, both 25, during their preliminary hearing on Thursday, according to a Montgomery Advertiser report. The suspects have denied any involvement in the shooting
Their cases were bound over to a grand jury.
Local rapper Glenn Thomas, also known as Doe B, 22, Troy University student Kimberle Johnson, 21, and Timnorius Hamilton, 20, were shot to death during the mayhem at the club.
Detective Andy Magnus testified that Darius Thomas was angry at Doe B because the rapper had refused to help him get into the club as the rapper and his entourage walked past him and others standing in line at the club that night, the Advertiser reported.
Shortly after entering the club, Doe B took the stage to perform.
Darius Thomas, McWilliams and others then apparently began throwing gang signs and yelling “South Side,” “Four Way” and expletives against the rapper, Magnus said during court testimony. South Side and Four Way are local gangs.
Darius Thomas and Doe B soon ended up face-to-face and apparently Doe B shoved Thomas in the face. Thomas then raised his armed to knock his hands away and a bottle went flying.
Magnus said witnesses told police McWilliams later began “shooting erratically across the crowd,” while Darius Thomas began shooting from the stairs, fell to the base of the stairs and continued shooting from the floor.
Six other people were wounded by gunfire and are in stable condition.
MONTGOMERY, Alabama — The family of slain Montgomery rapper Glenn Thomas, also known as Doe B, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the proprietors of the nightclub where he was gunned down on Dec. 28, 2013.
Doe B, 22, Troy University student Kimberle Johnson, 21, and Timnorius Hamilton, 20, died from injuries in the shooting. Six others were wounded.
Montgomery police charged two suspects, Jason McWilliams and Darius Thomas, both 25, with three counts of capital murder. Police say the men fired shots inside the club after an altercation with Doe B.
Attorneys Dwayne L. Brown and Michael Strickland filed the suit on behalf of Thomas’ father, Kenneth Aaron, seeking an unspecified amount of money in damages in Doe B’s death, the Law Office of Dwayne L. Brown stated in a press release.
The suit, filed against Centennial Hill Bar & Grill, its owner Nicole Bankhead, an unnamed security company and the city of Montgomery, alleges security officials at the club were bribed and allowed certain patrons to bring firearms into the club.
Rapper Glenn Thomas, 22, known as Doe B., and Kimberle Johnson, a 22-year-old Troy University student, were fatally shot in the club in the early the morning hours of Dec. 28. Timnorius Hamilton, 20, died from his injuries on Jan. 3. Five others were wounded and were hospitalized in stable condition.
Doe B, born Glenn Thomas, and Kimberle Johnson, 21, also of Montgomery, died after gunfire erupted at the bar around 1 a.m., police said.
On December 28, 2013, Doe B was shot at the Centennial Bar and Grill in Montgomery, Alabama. He was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead. A bystander, Kimberlie Johnson, was also killed, and six other patrons were injured. The Centennial was housed in what was earlier known as the “Rose Supper Club”, which was the subject of a shooting in December 2012 that left six people injured. It had also been the location of multiple shootings over the past seven years. The name of the venue had been changed after the most recent incident. After the latest shooting, Mayor Todd Strange ordered the club to close immediately.
On December 30, 2013, 25-year-old Jason McWilliams of Montgomery turned himself in to MPD detectives. He would then be charged with two counts of capital murder and is being held without bond. Montgomery Police Department detectives concluded that the “shooting stemmed from an ongoing dispute between McWilliams and Doe B.” A second local 25-year-old man, named Darius Thomas was also arrested for the murders and charged accordingly. On January 3, 2014, a third shooting victim 20-year-old Tim Hamilton died from the gunshot wounds.
Doe B’s funeral was held in Montgomery, Alabama on January 4, 2014. T.I. spoke at the funeral praising Doe B and speaking about how bright of a future in music he really had. On January 11, 2014, it was reported that three of the five surviving victims of the shooting were suing the Centennial Hill Bar & Grill. The plaintiffs Keldric Landon, Clarence Young, Jr. and Ferro Bennett have filed lawsuits against Centennial, The Flight LLC, its owner Nicole Bankhead, and the club’s security company. Landon was the most injured suffered multiple gunshot injuries requiring surgery. All three victims claimed in the lawsuit that the club’s bouncers were bribed into allowing weapons into the building. They are seeking compensation for medical expenses, loss of work, and pain and suffering.
On September 30, 2014 it was discovered that someone had tried to disturb Thomas’s grave. His mother has expressed concern and is considering moving his body to an unmarked grave.