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Man indicted in deadly club shooting in Hickory Hill last fall

Keython Johnson was indicted on charges of first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, and more in the death of Lawrence ‘Jimmy’ Williams.
Credit: Shelby County Sheriff's Office
Keython Johnson, 26

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — UPDATE 7/1/2022 - A Shelby County Grand Jury has indicted a man for murder and attempted murder after a fight inside a Hickory Hill nightclub last fall turned deadly.

The Shelby County District Attorney General said Keython Johnson, 26, was indicted on charges of first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, and employment of a firearm in the commission of a dangerous felony. He is being held without bond in the Shelby County Jail.

Police responded to the shooting at the Indulge Lounge near Hickory Ridge Mall about 12:30 a.m. Oct. 22, 2021. Investigators said Johnson and another customer at the club – Lawrence ‘Jimmy’ Williams, 49 – got into a fight. They said Johnson pulled out a gun and shot Williams several times. He died at the scene.

Investigators said a friend of Williams was also shot and taken to the hospital in critical condition.

The D.A. said Johnson was identified at the shooter and arrested later at a hospital, where he was being treated for gunshot wounds to both legs.

Witnesses told investigators Johnson was the only one with a gun at the club that night.


10/23/2021 - A man has been arrested after a deadly triple shooting at a club in Hickory Hill early Friday morning.

An arrest affidavit said surveillance video showed Keython Johnson, 26, sitting next to one of the victims at Indulge Lounge on Winchester Road. Police said Johnson and one of the victims started to argue because he accidentally brushed up against Johnson while raising his arms.

Police said Johnson punched the victim, pulled out a gun, and shot two people. Johnson also accidentally shot himself, police said. 

When police arrived, the affidavit said Johnson continued to shoot one of the men while he was on the ground. He died on the scene.

Police identified the man who was shot and killed as Lawrence Williams. The other man who was shot was taken to a nearby hospital in critical condition. 

Johnson is scheduled to appear in court Monday morning. He was charged with first-degree murder, criminal attempted first-degree murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. 


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