FLINT, MI – Several counts, including one charge of manslaughter, were dropped against a man charged in a February 2020 shooting at the Loft in downtown Flint that resulted in the death of a man.
In a preliminary examination on Monday, October 4 for Allyne M. Hall, of Flint, Genesee County District Court Judge Christopher R. Odette dropped several charges including manslaughter, tampering with evidence and two counts of firearm.
Hall, who was linked to the Genesee County Circuit Court, now faces a single count of carrying a concealed weapon.
He was originally charged with manslaughter after the shooting death of Dequintez L. Watkins, 28, who was shot by Hall early on Saturday, February 29, 2020 after a brawl broke out in The Loft, a box of popular night in downtown Flint. .
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Watkins was celebrating his birthday when a fight broke out between two women, Genesee County District Attorney David Leyton said. When the security guard moved to intervene, Hall was “jumped” by members of the crowd.
As Hall tried to extricate himself from the situation, he pulled out a gun and shot him into the air.
“Anytime you have an altercation in a bar, it’s very difficult to resolve it without going into the courtroom and hearing real witnesses under oath,” Leyton told MLive-The Flint Journal on Tuesday, October 5. “All of this played into the original decision to indict the man, but I have no objection to Judge Odette’s ruling in this case.
Leyton said Hall was in possession of an unlicensed firearm at the time of the shooting.
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Hall’s attorney, Trachelle C. Young, said her client should never have been charged with the four charges that Odette dropped.
“It was pretty clear from the start that Mr. Hall was acting in self-defense,” Young said.
Hall has spent more than a year under house arrest because his court date was postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions imposed by the court, the lawyer said.
Now his tether is out and he’s on bail, Young said.
“The testimony made it very clear that he was being assaulted by many men and women,” Young said. “He thought he was going to die so he just randomly pulled the trigger in the air.”
Hall and his family are relieved to see the charges dropped, Young said.
His next court date has yet to be set.
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