UPDATE: Both Ladarious Marion and Julius Freeman have posted bond and are out of jail.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Bond was lowered from $800,000 to $25,000 Thursday for one of the suspects in last weekend’s mass shooting at a Whitehaven nightclub.
Leslie Ballin, the attorney for suspect Ladarious Marion, says he believes the shooting may be a case of self-defense.
According to Ballin, there is video footage from the Live Lounge club that shows someone firing a shot at his client and then Marion firing back. The judge agreed.
“From what I’ve seen, your client was not the instigator of anything,” Judge Karen Massey said.
There was a sigh of relief from Marion’s family as Massey lowered his bond by thousands of dollars.
Police say 10 people were injured and one killed after bullets began flying between two groups of people outside the club. Officers responded just after midnight Sunday.
Prosecutors say four victims are still in critical condition. Marion is charged with shooting six people, killing one of them.
Memphis Police say Marion was handed a gun from a gray Dodge Charger and opened fire on a Mercury Milan that was carrying six of the victims.
Marion’s stepmother was called to the stand and confirmed his cousin is among the 11 people who were shot.
Marion, 21, was arrested Monday, police said. He is charged with second-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder and employment of a weapon during a dangerous felony.
As for the other suspect, Julius Freeman, his attorney, says they are working on getting his $150,000 bond paid. He is due back in court on March 10.
Freeman, 21, was taken into custody and charged with the following: Facilitation-Second Degree Murder; Five counts of Possession of Firearm/Dangerous Felony
Five counts of Criminal Attempt Facilitation-Second Degree Murder
Prosecutors say four of the victims Marion is accused of shooting are still in the hospital, including Kevin Shaw.
We spoke to Shaw’s cousin outside the courtroom who says he’s still in the hospital due to a gunshot wound to the head. She was angered by the lowered bond amount.
“That’s wrong,” Marva Sanders said. “They need to keep it up because, justice. Right is right. Wrong is wrong.”
MPD is still looking for the third suspect responsible for shooting the other five victims.