Kevin Nixon, 19, is charged with murder in connection with the death of Naquan Henderson, 18, who was shot in the 3400 block of Aspen Court.
Assistant District Attorney Justin Jones said Thursday the party was thrown by a teenager for her cheerleading squad, but between 60 and 200 people showed up after the party was posted on Facebook.
The event spilled into the street, and at some point, Nixon’s twin brother, Tevin, got in a fight that quickly became a brawl, Jones said. Nixon began shooting with “reckless disregard,” Jones said.
Nixon’s attorney, Katrell Nash, said that Nixon was trying to protect his brother from an attack.
Nixon was shot in the leg as he tried to get away from the return fire from other people in the street, Nash said.
In other Richmond County court proceedings Thursday:
• Bond was denied for a man who, authorities say, fired shots at his ex-girlfriend June 24 and robbed a McDonald’s manager making a cash deposit July 2. William Hudson told investigators he had sold drugs and broken into houses, but not robbed anyone since his release from prison, Jones said.
• Two people pleaded not guilty to murder. Jeremy Gene Taylor is accused of fatally kicking a man in the head while they were in a holding cell at the Richmond County jail on Aug. 3. Judy Lynn Washington is charged with shooting Steve Dennis Mikel on July 31.