The man charged in an early morning bar shooting last week was arraigned Monday, and it’s likely his judicial diversion for a similar incident — which also involved a gun — in May will be yanked from him.

Jonathan Samuel Love Hall Murphy, 31, 2821 Antioch Road, appeared in Washington County General Sessions Court Monday afternoon on one count of second-degree murder.

Murphy was arrested early Friday after the shooting inside Tipton Street Pub, 110 Tipton St. in downtown Johnson City.

Johnson City officers were dispatched to the bar where they found Ryan Nicholson dead on the barroom floor. He had been shot two to three times in the face, police said.

According to court records, witnesses told police that Murphy got to the bar just a short time before the shooting, and that he and Nicholson got into an argument. That’s when Murphy allegedly pulled out a handgun and shot Nicholson, police said.

Prior charges

Murphy was serving a sentence of 11 months, 29 days on judicial diversion probation for a guilty plea he entered in June.

Those charges stem from a shooting on May 16 at Numan’s bar, also in downtown Johnson City. Police responded to a shots fired call at the bar and later arrested Murphy based on witness statements.

He had a North American Arms .22-caliber handgun in his pocket when police searched him.

Second man arrestED

Another man was arrested in connection with Friday’s shooting for allegedly removing a handgun from Nicholson’s body and taking it from the scene.

Demarquise’ D. Fugh, 20, 1726 Dave Buck Road, No. 507, was arraigned Monday on one count of tampering with evidence.

Judge Robert Lincoln reduced Fugh’s bond from $75,000 to $6,000. His next court date is Nov. 1


Reported earlier:

Johnson City police identified the person killed early Friday morning at a downtown bar.

Police said Ryan Nicholson was on the floor on his back inside the Tipton Street Pub shortly after 1 a.m. He was shot multiple times at the bar, located at 110 Tipton St.

Officers responded shortly after 1 a.m. to a reported disturbance with shots fired at the Tipton Street Pub.

Police found a man dead inside the business with multiple gunshot wounds.

Investigators later arrested Jonathan Samuel Love Hall Murphy, who is charged with second-degree murder.

Police said a preliminary investigation into the incident indicated there was a disagreement between the victim and another male, which they alleged resulted in the suspect shooting the victim multiple times before leaving the business.

Murphy was booked into the Washington County Detention Center pending a $250,000 bond. An arraignment will be held today in the Washington County General Sessions Court.

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