A murder charge against a man accused of murder in a nightclub related shooting involving the performance of a rap singer has been dropped. Travarius Dewaunkalils Daniel, 31, was accused of gunning down Anthony Jerome Robinson outside Club Prime Time early last year.
"We had a solid case for our client and believe there just simply is no evidence that (Daniel) committed the crime," said defense attorney Clay Wadsworth, a partner in the firm Jacoby and Myers. "A private investigator interviewed witnesses and came up with the same conclusion."
Co-counsel Adam Jones said the decision to drop charges was the correct one. "We've got a client who has been in jail for 15 months for a crime he did not commit and he is completely innocent of," Jones commented.
The shooting occurred January 24, 2012 in what is often referred to as the Dixie area of downtown Dothan. It happened as the rapper Webbie, whose real name is Webster Gradney, was at the club to perform. Gradney was questioned and his tour bus initially impounded. No charges were filed against Gradney but Daniel was arrested for the shooting death.
Daniel, who was a member of the singer's security detail, reportedly became involved in an argument with off-duty police officers. The officers, paid by the club, departed and a melee, according to preliminary hearing testimony, broke out soon afterwards. A witness said Daniel fired a gun during the argument and at least one bullet struck and killed Robinson.
The case could be reconsidered by a grand jury if District Attorney Doug Valeska chooses to present evidence a second time. Valeska was not immediately available for comment because of jury trials being heard this week.
Daniel has been jailed since he was arrested a few hours after the shooting, held under a $500,000 bond. He will be taken to Jefferson County to face charges he illegally broke into a vehicle.
Wadsworth credits hard work by the CW Investigation and co-counsel Adam Jones in helping get the charges against Daniel dropped. "It's a big victory and we couldn't have done it without them," he said