Lawrence man charged with attempted murder in shooting at Allstars last summer

photo by: Chris Conde/Journal-World

The Allstars nightclub at 913 N. Second St. is pictured Thursday, July 14, 2022.

A Lawrence man was formally charged Thursday in Douglas County District Court with attempted murder in connection with an incident last summer at Allstars night club.

The man, Jermey Anthony Johnson, 24, appeared in person after having posted a $100,000 bond less than an hour before his court date. Charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder, he is accused of firing a gun at a person on Aug. 1, 2021, at the club, 913 N. Second St., according to charging documents. He was arrested late Wednesday afternoon in the 2400 block of Packer Road on a warrant served by Douglas County sheriff’s deputies.

Judge Blake Glover said that depending on Johnson’s criminal history he could face more than 50 years in prison if convicted of attempted murder.

Assistant District Attorney Ivan Moya asked Glover to consider raising Johnson’s bond in the interest of public safety, but Glover declined, saying that the bond was set by the judge who would be hearing the case, Judge Sally Pokorny.

The first witness listed in Johnson’s charging document is Daequan Jermaine Rayton, 24. As the Journal-World has reported, Rayton was charged with attempted first-degree murder in connection with an unrelated shooting Jan. 1 at The Outhouse, a rural nightclub at 1837 North 1500 Road.

photo by: Douglas County Sheriff’s Office

Daequan J. Rayton

Rayton was also charged in January with aggravated battery against Johnson in connection with the Aug. 1, 2021, incident at Allstars.

The City of Lawrence, in an effort to prohibit Allstars from operating, alleged that on Aug. 1, 2021, multiple weapons were discharged at the club, which has since closed.

Glover appointed Angela Keck as Johnson’s defense attorney. Keck was also appointed to represent Rayton when he was first charged in January, but she withdrew from Rayton’s case due to a conflict, according to court records. Nicholas David was later appointed to represent Rayton.

Johnson’s next court appearance is scheduled for July 22.

Rayton is currently being held in the Douglas County Jail on a $50,000 bond for the aggravated battery charge involving Johnson and a $500,000 bond for the attempted first-degree murder charge related to The Outhouse shooting.


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