Two men charged in a shooting death last year pleaded guilty in Troup County Superior Court Monday afternoon.
Kevin James Simon Jr, 23, of Newnan and Renordo McKiver, 22, of Atlanta, were intially charged with murder after they fired shots at the American Legion in Hogansville on April 29, which left Ronald Rashun Cameron, 24, dead at the scene.
The case was first tried in December with Simon and McKiver both charged with felony murder, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during commission of a felony. The two-week trial, however, led the jury to be deadlocked, thus ending in a mistrial.
On Monday the new indictment, in which the two pleaded guilty to reduced charges, read that McKiver would be charged with felony murder reduced to voluntary manslaughter, aggravated assault and possession of firearm during commission of a felony, to which he could face a total maximum sentence of life in prison. Simon pleaded guilty to reduced charges of aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during commission of a felony, which he could be sentenced from one to 25 years in prison.
Assistant District Attorney and prosecutor in the case, Melissa Himes, described the events of the April 29 tragedy to Judge Quillian Baldwin before sentencing:
“There was a party at the American Legion in Hogansville and there was a performance from the rap group “Slime Balls” in which the two defendants are a part of. A fight broke out between an individual from Hogansville and a member of the group, which resulted in a brawl. Chairs were thrown and tables were overturned. The fight was between “Slime Balls” and Hogansville people. Simon fired a shot in the building, and McKiver went out to his car to retrieve a gun and came back firing numerous rounds into the building. One of McKiver’s shots struck Cameron and he was killed. Witnesses observed Simon shooting and McKiver firing into the building.”
Simon was arrested on suspicion of murder a short time later and McKiver turned himself in days later.