Monday, 02 March 2015 08:56

Memphis Nightclub Closed as Public Nuisance

MEMPHIS – Feb. 28, 2015 - A southeast Memphis nightclub has been shut down as a public nuisance because of shootings, including a homicide, drug use and lack of security, Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich said Saturday.
A-Game Bar and Grill at 6642 Winchester Road near Kirby Parkway was closed by General Sessions Environmental Court Judge Larry Potter who issued an injunction at the request of the DA’s office.
The club is operated by Otis Braxton who is named as a respondent in the court order. A hearing is set for 10:30 a.m. Monday before Judge Potter (Environmental Court).
The club will remain closed until further order of the court.
A petition for abatement of a nuisance filed by the DA’s office notes that undercover members of the Memphis Police Department Organized Crime Unit, as recently as Thursday Feb. 26, purchased marijuana in the club in the presence of club employees who took no action.
The club also has been the scene of multiple violent incidents, including a homicide, a large fight, robberies, assaults and a shooting call in which police found 41 shell casings in the parking lot.
Between January of 2014 and February of this year, police have responded to complaint calls from A-Game 67 times.
On Feb. 2, a 22-year-old man, Christopher Thomas, was found shot to death in the club parking lot and another man was found wounded.
Brothers Rodrick Frison, 18, and Martell Frison, 27, have been charged with first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder.
The nuisance case is being handled by assistant district attorney Paul Hagerman of the DA’s Organized Crime Prosecution Unit.