St. Thomas ‘Dread’ Jamal Nevin Foreman Convicted Of 2014 Murder at Lexus Nightclub In Georgia
ROME. Georgia — A Floyd County jury convicted St. Thomas’ Jamal Nevin Foreman of the murder of a 28-year-old Georgia man after a club let out early in the morning of July 20, 2014.
Foreman, 28, was found guilty on charges of murder, aggravated assault and aggravated battery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. He is scheduled to be sentenced March 6.
During the trial in Floyd County Superior Court recently, the differing stories of what happened at the club on East Main Street early that morning matched on a few points.
Foreman opened fire at the Lexus Lounge as the club let out after an earlier confrontation with Wreno Dantoine Fain.
Fain, 28, died as a result of gunshot wounds he sustained between two vehicles near the club.
The where and who were covered, the why and what happened depended on which attorney was talking.
Assistant District Attorney John McClellan told jurors there were multiple witnesses to the shooting and they all told police the same thing.
“The name they were hearing over and over was Jamal Foreman,” McClellan said.
Some witnesses implicated Foreman.
“He chased Mr. Fain. He fired one bullet after another bullet after another bullet after another bullet,” McClellan said.
While police didn’t find the gun used to kill Fain they found two .40-caliber shell casings at the scene as well as shoes speckled with Fain’s blood near where Foreman was sleeping the next morning.
Foreman’s attorney, Monte Davis, said his arrest was the result of a sloppy police investigation and misidentification between his client and another man — who he alleged actually killed Fain.
His client is originally from St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, he told jurors.
This proposed second shooter, whom he described as another dreadlocked man from one of the islands in the Caribbean, at one point was said to also have shot Fain.
He called into question the two shell casings found on the ground at the scene where Fain had been shot five times.
No other bullet casings were found at the scene.
He also called into question the ownership of the blood speckled shoes.
Davis said those shoes belonged to the other man and the police assumed they were Foreman’s shoes, but didn’t check.
Davis cited witnesses who later recanted their testimony and initially told different stories to police than what they testified in court.
“There’s another word for recant, that’s a lie,” Davis told the jury in closing arguments.”
He also spoke about the fact that Michelle Sims, the lead investigator in the case, was not there to testify.
Rome Police Department Assistant Police Chief Debbie Burnett said Sims resigned in lieu of termination in January over performance issues.
Foreman was originally charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon but that charge was later dropped, said District Attorney Leigh Patterson.