Attorney of Cameo shooting suspect says case against his client is ‘weak'

"I think this is a fundamentally weak case."
Posted at 2:58 PM, Mar 31, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-31 17:50:47-04

CINCINNATI -- The attorney of the man accused of shooting and killing O’Bryan Spikes in Cameo Night Club said in court Friday the case is “fundamentally weak.”

Cornell Beckley, 27, was arrested Thursday on charges of murder in the shooting that left one person dead and 16 others injured at Cameo Night Club early Sunday morning. Deondre Davis, 29, also faces a charge of murder. Davis, who was shot at the club, is still in critical condition at University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

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A judge issued Beckley a $1.7 million bond -- $100,000 for each of the victims -- in court Friday.

But Beckley’s attorney, Clyde Bennett, said Beckley voluntarily talked to police, and he has denied being involved.

Bennett also said it would be difficult to determine who actually fired the shot that killed Spikes.

“How can you charge two people with firing one bullet? He was only struck one time,” Bennett said. “There's a lot about this case that doesn't make sense.

"And right now, based on my acquaintance with the case, until or unless you extract that projectile from the decedent and you match that projectile to a gun, and you match that gun to a defendant -- particularly my client -- I think this is a fundamentally weak case.”

Beckley's criminal past was also brought up in court Friday. He has previously served time for aggravated assault in 2008.

But Bennett said Beckley's past doesn't have anything to do with the nightclub shooting. 

"I don't think his past is indicative or demonstrative of what transpired at that night club that evening," Bennet said. 

Police haven’t clarified what they believe Beckley’s role in the shooting was.

Chief Eliot Isaac said the investigation is ongoing and there will likely be more arrests, though the majority of those shot were simply bystanders in the club.