Strip club fatal shooting suspect arraigned in court

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Strip club fatal shooting suspect arraigned in court

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Demetrius Williams

UPDATE @ 11:08 a.m. (Sept. 19):

Demetrius Williams was arraigned in common pleas court this morning on murder charges connected to the shooting death of Pierre Jackson outside Plush Gentleman’s Club in Harrison Twp.

A judge set his bond at $1 million and a not guilty plea was entered by the court on his behalf.

He’s due back in court on Oct. 5.

UPDATE @ 3:15 p.m. (Sept. 15)

Demetrius Williams, 40, has been indicted on counts of murder (two counts), felonious assault (four counts); and weapons under disability, in connection to the shooting death of Pierre Jackson, 20, of Cincinnati, outside Plush  Gentleman’s Club in Harrison Twp. 

UPDATE @ 4:16 p.m. (Sept. 11)

Two counts of murder have been approved against a man accused in a shooting death outside a strip club. 

Demetrius Williams, 40, faces as well, four counts felonious assault and one count weapons under disability.

EARLIER REPORT

A man initially arrested in connection with last weekend’s homicide at Plush Gentleman’s Club in Harrison Twp. has returned to Montgomery County Jail.

Demetrius Williams, 40, pleaded not guilty Friday morning in Vandalia Municipal Court and had his bond set at $100,000 with electronic monitoring if he posts bail, according to court staff.

Williams was ordered to provide a DNA sample and had a preliminary hearing scheduled for Sept. 14.

Williams was arrested by Montgomery County Sheriff’s deputies at 11:40 p.m. Thursday and booked in the Montgomery County Jail at 12:13 a.m. Friday, according to online records.

Williams faces a charge of having weapons while under disability, “for now,” according to Vandalia Municipal Court staff.

Pierre Jackson, 20, of Cincinnati, was shot and killed and a second victim, only identified by deputies as a 38-year-old man from Cincinnati, was transported to a local hospital and is listed in stable condition, according to investigators.

A complaint, affidavit and statement of facts written by a Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office detective indicated a security officer at Plush told police he saw a bearded man wearing a white T-shirt with a firearm in his hand.

The security officer told police that the man threw the handgun at him when he attempted to detain the suspect. The security officer said he secured the handgun and detained Williams until deputies arrived.

Williams previously was federally convicted of possession of a firearm in drug trafficking and possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine. Williams was released on bond on a case in Cincinnati federal court for revocation of supervised release.

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The sheriff’s office initially arrested Williams on charges of having weapons under disability and felonious assault. He was moved from jail before his federal hearing.

In the 2007 federal case, Williams was originally sentenced to two consecutive 5-year sentences. As part of a superseding bill of information plea deal, dismissed counts included unlawful transport of firearms, other drug trafficking and weapons charges, according to court records.

A criminal complaint indicated that on Sept. 5, 2007, Williams was caught with less than six grams of drugs and a gun during an undercover buying operation. Federal court records said Williams had two previous state drug cases that led to a year in prison.

In a sentencing memorandum in the 2007 federal case, his attorney wrote that Williams’ “exposure to illicit drug transactions began, tragically, during childhood in his own home,” attorney Raymond Katz wrote, adding that adults in the home forced or encouraged Williams to sell drugs and give them the proceeds.

Williams’ case was considered for a possible reduction in sentence due to the April 2016 ruling of the U.S. Supreme Court in Johnson v. United States, which addressed so-called career criminals. Williams was released last summer, according to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons website.

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