JOHNSON CITY, Tennessee (WJHL) – A man charged with a fatal shooting at a bar in downtown Johnson City will have his case referred to a grand jury.
Jonathan Murphy faces a second degree murder charge in the death of Ryan Nicholson.
Police said Murphy shot Nicholson several times at the Tipton Street Pub during an argument on October 15.
In a preliminary hearing Monday, Murphy’s attorney requested that his bond be waived because he is arguing in self-defense. The judge rejected this request.
During the hearing, Detective Shane Malone testified and recounted what Murphy told him that happened on the night of the shooting.
Malone said Murphy claimed someone shot him at the bar and then he was surrounded. According to Malon, Murphy said he feared for his life and shot Nicholson.
Malone also said he didn’t believe Murphy drank alcoholic beverages on October 15, but said he believed Murphy should be charged with second degree murder.
The grand jury is due to meet before February 7.
Murphy also faces a probation violation charge. A hearing on this charge has been set for November 16.
Another man, Demarquiste ‘Fugh, is accused of tampering with evidence after allegedly removing a gun from the victim’s body.
Fugh’s case also went to the grand jury. He also faces a probation violation charge which will be heard at the hearing on November 16.
Malone also testified about Fugh’s accusation and said Fugh previously told him he took the gun from Nicholson’s body. He also said Fugh told him Nicholson had been drinking alcohol on the night of the shooting.