Deadly bar fight’s escalation puzzles police
by Lindsay Field
April 11, 2013 12:00 AM | 28358 views | 2 2 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A second instance of gunfire resulted in the city closing  Milo’s Bar and Lounge in Marietta. <br> Staff/file
A second instance of gunfire resulted in the city closing Milo’s Bar and Lounge in Marietta.
Dennis Lee Hampton
Dennis Lee Hampton
Joseph Rickey Hampton
Joseph Rickey Hampton
Tina Lesley Chatman
Tina Lesley Chatman
Police say they still don’t know why a gun was pulled after a fistfight at a Marietta bar over the weekend, resulting in the shooting death of a Sandy Springs man.

Tekilum Terrell, 34, was shot inside Milo’s Bar off Garrison Road and Powder Springs Street around 3 a.m. Sunday and stumbled out of the bar. Marietta police found him lying in the parking lot and had him taken to WellStar Kennestone Hospital, where he died after undergoing emergency surgery.

Marietta resident Dennis Lee Hampton, 42, is the alleged shooter and surrendered to police Tuesday.

He is charged with aggravated assault, murder, murder during the commission of a crime and possession of a weapon.

Trina Lesley Chatman, 36, and Joseph Ricky Hampton, 48, both of Marietta, were arrested as well.

They are charged with murder during the commission of a felony and aggravated assault with a weapon.

All three suspects remain in the Cobb County Jail without bond.

Detective Chris Lindsey with Marietta Police said Joseph and Dennis Hampton are cousins, and Joseph Hampton and Chatman are husband and wife.

“All of them have been patrons of Milo’s before, but whether or not there’s a history between them and (Terrell), we don’t know,” he said. “It really appears to have just been a fistfight between two fellows and for reasons still unknown, (Dennis Hampton) pulled out a gun and shot.”

Lindsey said they identified the three suspects after tracking down some people who were in the club that morning and willing to cooperate with the investigation.

“We were able to piece together enough information to identify them,” he said.

According to witnesses, Joseph Hampton and another person got into a fight with Terrell.

“We are thinking the third person may have been trying to break up the fight and then (Chatman) jumped in probably because her husband was involved,” Lindsey said.

At some point, Dennis Hampton pulled a gun and shot Terrell.

Lindsey said Joseph Hampton and Chatman were charged because during the course of the incident and following Terrell being shot, they continued to assault him.

Police have not recovered the gun and do not know what type of gun was used at this time.
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Church Streeter
April 17, 2013
What a nice looking establishment. I bet they have a great happy hour. It's good to know there are fun spots like this so close to home on the Square.
April 10, 2013
Senseless crimes...please think before you react, it makes a world of difference 1 life lost and three others will probably do a lot of time behind a fence
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