Man fatally shot at nightclub

Columbian charged in slaying of patron at club in Parole

July 01, 1999|By LaQuinta Dixon | LaQuinta Dixon,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Police have charged Delmar S. Turner, a 23-year-old Columbia man, with first-degree murder in the shooting death early yesterday of an Annapolis man as he celebrated his 25th birthday at the Club Hollywood in Parole.

Keyo Williams was gunned down about 2 a.m. in the parking lot of the nightclub, formerly Buddy's Late Night Annapolis, which was the scene of numerous police calls during the past few years. Police said that while Williams was standing in the lot, a gunman walked up and fired numerous rounds at him.

At 2: 51 a.m., Williams was taken to Anne Arundel Medical Center and then to Maryland Shock Trauma Center. He was pronounced dead at 4: 48 a.m. from a gunshot to the face, said Detective Tom Torrence.

Police also charged Alvin Ford, 23, of Severn yesterday as an accessory after the fact. Police said that after the shooting, Turner jumped into a car Ford was driving and the two raced off. Annapolis police found the car soon after and, with county police, chased and stopped it, arresting the two men inside.

Williams had been working toward an associate of arts degree in physical therapy at Anne Arundel Community College, his family said.

"We were both thinking we can finish together, and he was just one credit short," said Tira Kimbo, Williams' 35-year-old aunt.

His girlfriend, Carla Coates, described Williams as devoted to his family and a close circle of neighborhood men. Six close friends gathered yesterday at "the Wall," a favorite spot near the basketball court in their Clay Street neighborhood, and remembered Williams as "a positive influence" in their lives, full of fun and jokes.

"When he started going to community college, I started going," said longtime friend Norman Parker. Parker started taking hotel management classes in 1997.

Williams' friends fought back tears and talked about the good times they spent at the Wall, the basketball court and the porch of the home of Williams' grandmother, Peggy Kimbo, known as "Ms. Peggy."

"We would chill, talk and have a good time," said Avon Goodrum, 25.

Coates dated Williams for five years. They bought a car Monday and were planning to go on a cruise in December. Yesterday, she stepped out on Peggy Kimbo's porch, looked up, sighed and put her arm around Parker.

"Will you run some ball, please?" she asked.

Chip Monger, 22, was at the club for his friend's birthday. He held Williams in his arms immediately after the attack as he was dying.

"I don't want to close my eyes because every time I see him," Monger said. "He was fighting."

Williams died without the blessing of a minister, but he has her blessing, Peggy Kimbo said.

"I said a `Hail, Mary' and made a cross on his chest," she said.

Turner, the man police have charged in the slaying, lived for years in Severn and Glen Burnie before moving to Columbia last year.

Court records show that he has convictions dating to 1992 for such offenses as gambling, disorderly conduct, possession of a controlled substance, minor theft and attempted first-degree burglary.

Williams' family members said they do not know Turner and do not believe Keyo Williams did either. While police refused to comment about a motive in the shooting, members of the Williams family said they think their relative was the victim of a random act of retaliation for a shooting at Fort Meade.

"All this was done in retaliation," said Williams' cousin, Tanya Booth. She said she and friends had to talk Williams into going to the club about 8 p.m. for a birthday drink.

"I really don't want to go to Club Hollywood," she quoted him as telling them. "I'm not trying to get beat up on my birthday."

They talked yesterday about how he'd predicted what had happened. Williams was superstitious, refusing ever to "split a pole," for example. Walking with a friend down a sidewalk he'd make sure never to walk on the opposite side of a dividing barrier.

Police know the Hudson Street nightclub well.

An argument there led to a fatal shooting in April. Byron A. Jones of Severn was sprayed with bullets as he and his girlfriend stood near the doorway of her duplex shortly after returning from Club Hollywood.

In January and February 1998, county police made a series of mass arrests -- 150 on one night -- outside the club as part of an undercover operation to combat underage and public drinking in the parking lot. Officers at the time made a weekly Thursday night event out of charging young adults in the lot by the dozens with offenses ranging from underage possession of alcohol to drug possession and public drinking, disorderly conduct and assault. The club's promotion of a "College Night" was blamed for the trouble.

In May 1998, the Hudson Street Investment Corp. received a new tavern license and changed the name of the club.

Since then, said Anne Arundel County police Officer Charles Ravenell, they've made 101 calls to the club. That compares with 150 calls since October 1998 at Rumblefish, a Pasadena club, and 79 calls at Jillians, in Annapolis.

Funeral arrangements for Williams at William Reese and Sons Mortuary of Annapolis were incomplete.

Sun staff writer Nancy A. Youssef contributed to this article.

Pub Date: 7/01/99

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