A Muscogee County grand jury has returned murder indictments against two men charged in the April 21, 2012, fatal shooting of a 19-year-old they allegedly chased from a teen club then located on 10th Avenue in Columbus.
Robert Lee Miller III and Javonta Saquan Harris are accused of pursuing and shooting Antonio Deshawn Robinson after a confrontation over a woman at what was then a nightspot called Club Cream or the Cream Club, on 10th Avenue’s south end off Victory Drive, police said.
Witnesses said Robinson’s speaking to a woman apparently made her date jealous. As Robinson and two cousins left the club in his Jeep, their pursuers followed in two vehicles and fired multiple shots, one hitting Robinson in the head, officers said.
Robinson’s Jeep crashed at Brown Avenue and George Street, police said. He died later at the hospital.
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The shooting happened sometime after midnight that Saturday morning, after police interrupted a party at the nightclub, authorities said.
Police arrested Miller, who was 18 at the time, about a week later. Harris, then 19, was arrested May 11, 2012, at a residence on Knox Street.
The indictments returned this week charge each with two counts of murder, three of aggravated assault and three of using a firearm to commit a crime. Each suspect currently is out on bond.
Another shooting at the nightclub happened around 1:45 a.m. Monday, May 6, 2013, as Columbus police assisted fire inspectors trying to close down the business because it was overcrowded.
Gunfire erupted in the parking lot, where one bullet wounded a 19-year-old woman in the shoulder and another grazed a 22-year-old man’s pinky finger, police said. A third shot grazed Officer Kenneth Culverson’s left instep. The shooter fled.
Two club employees that night were charged with serving alcohol without a license and obstructing police, officers said.
The property owner later evicted the tenants running the business, according to follow-up news reports.