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Two men indicted in Q Ball Cafe guard’s slaying
Two men have been indicted in connection with the fatal shooting of a Q Ball Cafe security guard in March.
Chauncey Cartier “Fresh” Lampkin, 27, was indicted Monday in Spotsylvania County. Police allege he was the gunman in the fatal March 30 shooting of Marcellus “Bull” Greene, 45, outside the business on Bragg Road, across the street from the Spotsylvania Towne Centre.
Lampkin, of Gainesville, Fla., but who has ties to the Spotsylvania area, was indicted on charges of murder, shooting at an occupied dwelling, shooting from a vehicle, use of a firearm in commission of a felony and conspiracy of malicious wounding. He also had been charged earlier with aggravated malicious wounding, but the grand jury did not indict him on that charge.
Charges had been dropped previously against 27-year-old Lavon Antonio Chew of Spotsylvania. But he was directly indicted Monday on charges of murder and conspiracy. Police allege he was the getaway driver.
During a nearly two-hour preliminary hearing on Aug. 8, Derrick Hull, who worked as a security guard with co-worker Greene, testified that he saw Lampkin with a gun right before shots were fired.
Hull identified Lampkin as being at the club that night, saying he remembered him because he had a Florida identification card and he wore a distinctive black vest with the letters GKB on it.
Hull said Lampkin was later escorted out of the club after he got into an altercation with a group he referred to as Hustle Nation.
He said he saw Lampkin later wearing a tight, gray hoodie and tight-fitting jeans, pacing back and forth in the parking lot.
Hull said Chew made a few remarks to men from the Hustle Nation about getting their friends to come outside. Hull mentioned that Chew had an altercation with that group about three weeks before.
A few minutes later, a group of Hustle Nation people came outside and approached Lampkin, Hull said. Hull said Lampkin was backing away from them, but appeared to be trying to grab something from the front pocket of his hoodie.
Hull said one of the men rushed Lampkin and the rest of the group started to stomp and punch Lampkin as he was on the ground.
“We [security guards] threw them off of him and we saw that he had a knife,” Hull said. Then, he said, Lampkin jumped up and ran toward the road.
Hull testified that when he turned around, the Hustle Nation guys were jumping on another guy.
Hull said the Hustle Nation group tried to get back in the club, but were refused. He said one of them told him that someone from the other group had a gun in the parking lot.
Hull said he scanned the parking lot and saw a car, which he thought was silver, slowly drive up the hill past the club and stop.
“I see Lampkin keep looking out the [passenger] window. Then I see an arm reach up with a chrome gun and I heard the first pow,” he said. “Then I heard pow, pow, pow, pow, pow.”
He said he recalled one of the other bouncers jumping up and down, saying Greene was hit.
“I stepped around the corner and I saw Mr. Greene laying on his back and all I saw was a puddle of blood around his head,” Hull said. “I couldn’t look at that so I walked away.”
He testified that the car then sped off.
Lampkin, who was wanted by authorities for more than a month before being arrested in Mount Vernon, N.Y., on other charges, is being held in Rappahannock Regional Jail without bond.
Chew is not currently in custody.
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