A party promoter is out on bond after being arraigned on a charge in connection with a homicide investigation, according to a news release from the Jackson Police Department.
Police said Tobious Blackwell, 26, of Oakfield, surrendered at 5 a.m. Thursday morning at the police department. He was transported to the Madison County Jail for booking and held for 8 a.m. arraignment in Jackson City Court.
Blackwell, 26, was arraigned on a charge of deceptive business practices, police said.
According to Tennessee Code Annotated 39-14-127 , deceptive business practices is a Class B misdemeanor punishable by a maximum sentence of six months in jail and up to a $500 fine.
Blackwell’s bond was set at $3,000, which he posted, and he was released around 9:30 a.m.
His next scheduled court date is at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 15 at 1:30 p.m. in Jackson City Court.
Police said the preliminary investigation shows that on July 14, Raymon Carpenter, of Nashville, was in Jackson for a family gathering and later went out with his two sisters to Club Sensations, located at 13 Bond Street. Carpenter was involved in an altercation with another man while inside the club.
Security told Carpenter to leave the club, police said. A group of men followed Carpenter outside and at least two men confronted him. One of the men was possibly the same person Carpenter had argued with earlier inside the club. Another altercation occurred outside and Carpenter was shot.
Police said an officer was special patrolling and heard gunshots in the area of club around 1:13 a.m.July 14. Officers arrived on the scene and found Carpenter lying on the parking lot with gunshot wounds. He was transported by ambulance to Jackson-Madison County General Hospital and was pronounced dead around 2:30 a.m.
Police said one suspect was described as a black man wearing a green shirt, white shorts and white baseball cap.
The second suspect was described as a black man with dread-lock style hair. He was wearing a gray or white shirt.
Investigators have questioned a person of interest but no formal charges have been filed and the investigation is ongoing.
Investigators are asking anyone that took photos or video footage inside or outside Club Sensations on the night of July 13 and early morning hours of July 14 to turn the images over to police. Investigators would like to view the images in an effort to develop more information.
During the ongoing homicide investigation, investigators learned that Blackwell promoted the party at Club Sinsations, police said. At Blackwell’s direction, a flyer was produced advertising the party as “Andrea’s (AKA) ‘Booch’ B-Day Bash”. According to the flyer, the doors opened at 10 p.m. on July 13.
Police said Blackwell promoted the party via the Internet, Facebook and Twitter. The distributed flyer read “Outside Security Provided by JPD”.
Blackwell rented the building from Anthony Stokes, who had a previous agreement for security services with the City of Jackson for police officers to furnish security in the exterior areas and on the parking lots. The agreement was signed in 2010, but the agreement was terminated in 2011 due to Stokes violating the terms of the agreement.
Police said Blackwell was aware that there was no longer a contractual agreement between the City of Jackson and Club Sinsations. Blackwell was aware that Stokes had requested a special patrol for the party in lieu of security. Blackwell was also aware of the difference between the police department providing a “special patrol” and parking lot “security”.
The investigation determined that Blackwell made a false or misleading statement in advertisement addressed to the public for the purpose of promoting the party.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Jackson Police Department’s Violent Crimes Unit at 731-425-8400 or Crime Stoppers at 731-424-8477 (TIPS). Submit a cyber tip at jmcrimestoppers.org and click on “web tips”.