Defendant Ricky A. Hunter also was indicted as a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. He is being held without bond in the Shelby County Jail.
The victim, Carolyn Thomas, 48, was shot during an argument with Hunter at around 11:30 p.m. on July 3 last year at Brenda’s Rhythm and Blues Club at 1243 Walker Ave.
An investigation showed that the shooting occurred after Hunter punched the victim in the face, knocking her to the ground. The victim then threw a beer bottle at Hunter, but missed. Hunter then pulled a small handgun and fired several times at Thomas, with one bullet passing through her left arm and into her chest.
Witnesses said Hunter then stood over the victim, pulled the trigger several more times, but the gun did not fire. They said he remarked that he “could have killed her” and was laughing as he left the club.
Thomas was taken to a hospital where she later died.
The case is being handled by Asst. Dist. Atty. Kirby May.