Suspect in Club Majestic shooting pleads not guilty

Shell casings from Club Majestic and a statement from a victim led to a suspect in the New Year's Day shooting at 2102 Cusseta Road, a police detective testified today in Recorder's Court.

Dequandrea Truitt, 21, is charged with murder in the death of 24-year-old Charles Foster Jr. inside the club and aggravated assault in the shooting of a man outside the club after gunfire erupted about 2:30 a.m. Jan. 1. Truitt also faces two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. In addition to Foster's death, the shooting left five people with gunshots inside the nightclub.

Represented by attorney Stacey Jackson, Truitt pleaded not guilty to all the charges and didn't testify. Judge Michael Cielinski ordered Truitt held without bond on the murder charge and set bonds totaling more than $75,000 on the other counts.

Police detective Katina Williams told the court Truitt was inside the club before the shooting started and a witness told police he was seen shooting in the parking lot. Tests from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab show the casings seized by police inside the club and outside came from the same weapon. Police have not recovered a gun in the shooting.

Truitt was linked as as suspect in the shooting on Jan. 2. With his attorney by his side, Truitt surrendered to police about 11:20 p.m. Sunday at the Huddle House on Victory Drive.

After Truitt's arrest, Williams said he admitted to taking part in the shooting in a statement to a patrol officer. "I didn't murder anybody," Williams said. "I did do some shooting outside in the parking lot."

Truitt's girlfriend, Bianca Fuller said she and Truitt left the club together and walked to a friend's house in Elizabeth Canty that morning. She didn't see him with a gun or take part in shooting.