More Allegations of Assault at Rumrunners
After initial charges, more alleged victims come forward
ANCHORAGE - Roughed up at Rumrunner’s: More than two-dozen people are saying they were beat up at the popular downtown bar.
Prosecutors say they all came forward after the bar and one of its bouncers were charged with assault back in March for brutally beating an Anchorage man.
But defense attorneys say that never happened. A 39-year-old Rumrunner's bouncer is being accused of assaulting a customer. Prosecutors say Murville Lampkin beat up 26-year-old Johnny Brown back in October, a beating so brutal Brown's eye was knocked out place.
Lampkin's attorney Brent Cole says his client is innocent. “We've been carefully documenting and trying to urge the state to produce documents,” Cole said in court Thursday. As the attorneys prepare for the upcoming trial, they appeared before the judge in what's called a status hearing.
What's unusual in this case, police say, is that the bar itself has also been charged with assault and tampering with evidence. Prosecutors say those who work in the bar doctored surveillance footage from the night Brown was beaten. “They haven't given them back, they would never give them back, they never give anything back in pursuant to search warrants,” said Cole. “It is extremely important for the defense of Mr. Lampkin to be able to test those videotapes rigorously.”
KTVA also learned that there might be more victims. Prosecutors say 25 others have told police they were abused by Rumrunner’s staff members in the past. “Sitting here now my opponents have a rough idea of the context of each of these 25 events and the names of the players and the synopsis that was created in April of this year,” said assistant district attorney James Fayette.
But the defense says that's not enough. It wants all the recordings and interviews from police right away.
“Its another thing when you represent an individual defendant, who’s my client, and he's sitting there under the gun with a felony indictment against him, and the state has not produced the discovery,” said Cole.
The clock is ticking, though, because the trial is scheduled to begin August 13. Lampkin’s attorney filed a motion to dismiss all charges Thursday and the attorney for Rumrunner's, Kevin Fitzgerald, filed a motion to sever counts from the case.
Both the prosecution and defense declined to talk tonight saying they don't want to influence a jury pool.