Bessemer murder suspect in court

By Melanie Posey

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - The man accused of killing an Alabama A&M student at a Bessemer nightclub was in court Tuesday. Terry Towns has been charged with the murder of Maurice Thomas.

Thomas was killed and two others injured on July 4th weekend. It happened at the Gettie Boyz nightclub.

More than 25 of Thomas' family members and friends showed for Tuesday's preliminary hearing.  But Towns waived his right to a prelim, sending the case directly to the grand jury.

Erskine Mathis, Towns' attorney, says he chose to waive the hearing because by doing so the state promised to give him all documentation they had.

Had he not done so, Mathis says he would have only been able to get the information garnered from the hearing.  He says regardless of what happens, however, his client is innocent.

"There were a bunch of witnesses who saw who did it," Mathis said after Tuesday's proceedings.  "But you've got to know this is a motorcycle gang and people are afraid of the guy who pulled the trigger. They ain't afraid of Terry Towns."

Police have charged a second man in the case.

U.S. Marshals arrested Edmond Carter in Jackson, Mississippi.  He's also charged with one count of murder, and two counts of attempted murder. He remains in the Jefferson County Jail.

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