CHESTER, SC (WBTV) - A judge denied bond to a Chester man accused of shooting another man at a club on Christmas Day.
Quinton McClinton, 30, was arrested for the shooting at Images Bar and Lounge on J A Cochran Bypass in the early morning hours of Christmas.
McClinton is no stranger to law enforcement in Chester. He has a history of criminal convictions dating back to when he was a juvenile.
Most recently, he was convicted and sentenced to 5 years in prison for being an accessory after the fact of murder and for criminal conspiracy related to the shooting death of Chester councilman Odell Williams.
McClinton had only been out of jail for about a year and a half before he was arrested again, accused of the shooting that happened early on Christmas morning.
Deputy Solicitor Candice Lively says the victim, Kochese Gregory was at the bar with his friends. Gregory’s party got into an altercation with McClinton’s party, a drink was thrown on someone and then a fight broke out, Lively said in court.
“Next thing you know Mr. Gregory is getting beaten pretty badly and pool sticks were being used in that nature,” Lively said.
Lively said McClinton and two others got into a car, but before they left, McClinton allegedly started shooting toward the lounge. Gregory was hit. Lively says doctors did not expect him to survive the injuries.
“He died on the table four times and they brought him back,” Lively said.
Gregory was in the courtroom for McClinton’s hearing. He said he feared retaliation if McClinton were to be granted bond. Gregory’s mother expressed the same concerns.
“If he gets back out it will start all over again, but as long as he’s here behind bars, this town is safe,” Linda Gregory said.
Lively says McClinton is a confirmed member of the Bloods gang. She says he is also a leader of the gang that’s a subset of the Bloods in Chester County known as Roundtree Circle.
Due to his criminal record and alleged involvement in area gangs, she asked the judge to deny McClinton bond.
Defense attorney William Duncan says there are two sides to every story. He says the crime scene was chaotic and there were a lot of people around. He says McClinton denies any involvement other than being at the bar that night.
“Mr. McClinton was actually struck by a car that night, I don’t know who the driver was but he did suffer some injuries as a result of that,” Duncan said.
McClinton’s mother also spoke in court. She claims her son is not a threat to society because he is innocent until proven guilty.
The judge says due to the severity of the charges, the crime being recent, his criminal history and alleged gang involvement, he is a danger to society. McClinton was denied bond.
He’s also facing several other offenses including burglary and stalking, in an unrelated case.
If convicted of attempted murder and possession of a weapon in commission of a violent crime, McClinton could be sentenced to up to 35 years in prison.
Montrell Graham, 22, was also charged in relation to the shooting of Gregory. He’s facing one count of being an accessory after the fact of murder. A judge set Graham’s bond at $50,000 with an electronic monitoring device, but it has yet to be posted.