Victim’s mother tearful during murder suspect’s bond hearing


CHEROKEE COUNTY, SC (WSPA) – A suspect remains in jail charged with murder after five people were shot at a nightclub in Cherokee County.

“January the 19th at 4:56 a.m., I haven’t been right since,” Lakisha Black told a judge on Wednesday. “My baby didn’t deserve to die.”

Early that morning, Black lost her son Montrell McMullens after five people were shot at Sugar Shack Nightclub near I-85 and Shelby Highway.  

“Not only did he take my son, he took my friend,” said Black. “I can’t eat sometimes. I can’t sleep.”

Kenyon Hopper, 36, is charged with murdering the 23-year-old. 

“They at least probably knew of each other,” said Cherokee County Sheriff Steve Mueller.  

Hopper is also charged with four counts of attempted murder. 

“Our lead investigators Sgt. Parnell has spent the past week – little over a week – working closely with the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office along with the Shelby Police Department,” Sheriff Mueller said, adding that Shelby Police arrested Hopper.

Mueller said surveillance video from the nightclub helped in the investigation. 

After repeated violence and the deadly shooting, the sheriff vowed to shut it down.

“As it kept escalating and come to this, it’s just time to do it,” said Albert Stevens who owns the property and terminated the lease agreement following the shooting. “Despite what they [community] think.. what they hear about me or whatever, that I do right. I try to do right. And this is right.”       

As one chapter closes, the one for justice continues as the sheriff says more suspects are out there, given different types of shell casings at the scene. 

“If you know of the persons that were responsible for the shooting at the nightclub, consider them armed and dangerous,” Mueller said.  “They shot 60 plus rounds at this night club.” 

Black wiped away tears as she sat feet away from the man accused of causing her pain. 

“I just ask that you don’t give him a bond because I won’t get justice for my son if you do,” Black said. 

A judge denied bond for Hopper who remains in the Cherokee County jail.

The property owner says the operator has two days to clear out his stuff and he’s not sure what will be there next but it will not be another nightclub.

The 7th Circuit Solicitor’s Office says Hopper’s criminal record in North Carolina includes felony hit and run in 1999, felony cocaine possession, possession of a firearm by a felon, and felony probation violation in 2004, as well as selling cocaine, and habitual felon in 2006.

Anyone with information on the shooting or the events that took place before the shooting are asked to call Inv. Parnell or Inv. Haney at the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office at 864-489-4722. Tipsters can also call Crime Stoppers at 888-CRIME-SC.

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