Teen Pleads Not Guilty In Nightclub Killing

Published On: Oct 14 2011 02:32:37 PM EDT
Updated On: Nov 08 2010 12:13:48 PM EST
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

An 18-year-old accused of killing a 14-year-old boy and injuring two girls after leaving a teen party at an Arlington nightclub in September pleaded not guilty Monday.

Jeremiah Corbett was arrested last month and charged with murder in the death of Horace James Jr. He is also charged with aggravated assault, possession of a firearm by a felon and shooting into an occupied building.

Corbett is being held in the Duval County Jail without bond. His next pretrial hearing is scheduled for Nov. 27.

According to a police report, eyewitnesses identified Corbett as one of four people in a van from which shots were fired into a crowded parking lot on University Boulevard North and toward the Club Menage nightclub on Sept. 25.

Police said the people in the van drove over to the parking lot of a Walgreens store and began arguing with other people in the parking lot when Corbett began shooting.

Police said Corbett missed his intended target, but bullets struck James and Alexis Johnson, 17. A 12-year-old girl was injured by flying glass.

Police said witnesses identified the vehicle used, which they traced to Raphael Thompson, 19, who was charged with accessory after the fact. According to Corbett's arrest report, Thompson and 20-year-old Bryant Smith named Corbett as the shooter.

James' family believed that Horace was shot because he was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

The police report said Corbett denied the shooting and denied knowing either Thompson or Smith.

According to court records, Corbett had several arrests as a juvenile, including a conviction for sale of cocaine in 2006.

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