Security guard asks case to be moved from criminal to general sessions court

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (WKRN) – New details have been released into a murder case at a popular bar on Lower Broadway. Six security guards and a patron are charged in the death of Dallas “DJ” Barrett on Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row last August.

On Thursday, an attorney for Jaelen Maxwell, one of the accused guards, asked the judge to move his case from the criminal session to the general session.

“There is absolutely no evidence that Mr. Maxwell committed any crime here. What happened is a tragedy, someone lost their life, but taking another life by stalking an innocent child only makes this tragedy worse,” Maxwell’s attorney, Daniel Nesheiwat, told News 2.

It was Maxwell’s first day on the job, his attorney told News 2 he only had about three hours on the clock and had very little to do with the victim.

However, Barrett’s mother Tammy says Maxwell can be seen in the participating video holding her son down along with the other security guards. A well-wisher is also charged in the case, and Tammy says they must all face the consequences.

“You know, I didn’t want my son to die. I don’t want any of those involved to have to go through that, but because those decisions were made, people have to face consequences,” Tammy explained.

The hearing comes as Dallas’ Law was moved to the governor’s desk this week. The bill honoring DJ would strengthen training and licensing requirements for security guards in Tennessee.

“I had no idea about safety laws or lack thereof, so when I found out there wasn’t one, you know…I made sure I wanted people to know something needed to change. Something has to change. So I’m praying this gets passed into law very soon and stops others from ever having to go through this again,” Tammy said.

Some Tennessee food and beverage officials are urging Gov. Bill Lee to veto the bill because it requires more labor and will harm and disrupt Tennessee jobs.

The judge denied the attorney’s request to move Maxwell’s case to general session and scheduled the next discussion hearing for the case in August.

Dylan Larocca, John Eustace, Mark Watkins, Mallet Meneese, Tarrell Gray and Steven Simon are also charged in the case.

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