Supporters defend Birmingham nightclub

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Supporters of and attorneys representing Club Zen, where a man was stabbed to death over the weekend, defended the business Wednesday, saying the night spot was not a nuisance.

More than 30 supporters of the club on Morris Avenue packed Wednesday's Birmingham City Council Public Safety Committee meeting. The committee was expected to make a recommendation to the full city council whether or not they think the club's license should be revoked.

Saturday night, police said Kelvin Felder, 21, was stabbed during a fight with another patron.  Felder died a few hours later at the hospital.

His mother, Tomeka Sims, said Felder was celebrating a decision to leave Jacksonville State University and join the Air Force.  Felder was a graduate of Clay-Chalkville High School.

Felder's death was the second murder at that location in the last two years. In June 2007, a man was stabbed to death and two others wounded outside what was then known as "The Station."

Birmingham Police say the suspect in Kelvin Felder's murder turned himself in at the South Precinct shortly after the incident.