Officer cleared in fatal shooting
Mark Webb/The Herald-Dispatch
Huntington police block off the 800 block of 4th Avenue after a shooting occurred at Club Babylon at approximately 3:06 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 8, 2009, in Huntington.
HUNTINGTON, WV – A Cabell County grand jury decided not to charge a Huntington police officer in the fatal shooting of Joe Jeremaine Porter in November.
The results of the investigation were revealed in a news conference May 21, at police headquarters.
The grand jury looked into the shooting which occurred after police responded to a shooting at the former Club Babylon in downtown Huntington on Nov., 8, 2009. Huntington Police did not release the name of the officer in the months after the shooting, but identified the officer Friday as Ronnie Lusk, 32 After a departmental review, it was determined that Lusk did not violate department policy and he was returned to work 16 days later. He is currently serving in the K9 unit.
One person has been sentenced and another charged in the Nov., 8, 2009, shooting at the club. Earlier this month Nicole Gutierrez Hughes, 22, was convicted of felony accessory before the fact to attempted murder. Her three- to 15-year prison sentence was suspended, as Hughes was sent to the state's Anthony Correctional Center in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. The center houses a program for youthful offenders.
Placement at the Anthony Center was part of the plea deal agreed to by both sides' attorneys. Hughes will be placed on home confinement as she waits for an open spot.
Reginald Marbury Jr. was indicted in January on a charge of attempted murder. His case is still pending.
An investigator testified in December that Hughes provided the gun to Michigan native Marbury, who allegedly used the weapon to shoot Sontezz Lomax, 29, of Huntington. Marbury had come to the club expecting some trouble, according to prior testimony. It states Hughes went outside, got the gun and brought it back through an exit door. She handed over the gun near a bathroom area.
Marbury, 25, and Lomax were shot in the exchange, along with Christopher Lewis, 28, of Thurmond, Ohio. They were found lying outside of the 831 4th Ave. nightclub. Lomax and Lewis both were treated and released at local hospitals. Joe Jeremaine Porter, 30, of Huntington died in a police-involved shooting that followed inside of the club