Louisville man accused of shooting victim at Highlands bar appears in court
The shooting happened Monday night inside the Friends Hookah Café.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Louisville man charged with shooting another man at a Highlands hookah bar has learned he will remain in jail.
Jalen Barbee-Tobin appeared in court on Wednesday morning on a charge of attempted murder.
Derwin Webb, Barbee-Tobin's defense attorney, says the shooting was an accident and that Barbee-Tobin says he knew the victim.
"It was an accident, not admitting fault on my client's part at all, because we are entering a plea of not guilty today. But as soon as the gun was discharged, my client actually jumped into action to try and stop the bleeding to make sure the guy was okay," Webb said.
"This is a case where a member of the community has been shot in the chest. Your client is presumed innocent, but these are very serious charges, and it would be inappropriate for me to give this defendant home incarceration," said Judge David Holton.
A not guilty plea was entered for the 23-year-old.
The shooting happened Monday night inside the Friends Hookah Café. Barbee-Tobin was taken into custody on Tuesday.
According to the arrest report, Barbee-Tobin told police he and the victim got into an argument, which included name calling. That's when Barbee-Tobin allegedly pulled out a gun and shot the victim.
The victim was taken to University Hospital and at last check was in critical condition.
A judge said Barbee-Tobin is not allowed to talk to the victim or anyone at the hookah bar. A judge also denied the defense attorney's request to lower bond and it remains at $100,000.
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