MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — Trial began Tuesday morning for the man accused of killing 26-year-old Roger Ramos at an oceanfront bar in 2018.
Appearing in court at 8:45 a.m., Jakkari Brown, 26, of Tocca, Georgia is accused of killing Ramos on the third floor of RipTydz Oceanfront Grille and Rooftop Bar in October 2018. He faces four charges including murder.
Ramos was at RipTydz early that morning. Authorities say Brown fired the shot that hit Ramos after a fight broke out. “The defendant (Brown) sees his coworker there. His other coworkers tell him not to go to him. Stay out of it,” explained George Debusk, the attorney representing the state for Ramos.
“At that time he shoves past him. He strikes Roger Ramos in the face,” Debusk explained.
Witnesses Tuesday said the UFC fight between McGregor and Mayweather that night brought a big crowd and led to several fights, including Ramos and Brown. “I did see Roger get punched by that person,” said Seirra Edwards, witness and childhood friend of Ramos.
“There was so much going on there was so much to look at,” she explained. Myrtle Beach officer Drew Fox was the fourth witness to take the stand Tuesday morning. He recalled turning on his body camera shortly after arriving at the scene.
Ramos was shot in the head and died. Body camera video from Fox showed people at the bar performing CPR on who witnesses said was Ramos.
Evidence that was sealed was reopened today, including a gun that was collected from the scene. Ramos’ family and friends sat closely together reliving what happened that night. Brown’s attorney, Eric Fox said Brown was defending himself.
“This is not a murder. There is no malice. There was no intent to kill,” Eric Fox said. Officials tell News13, there are up to 30 witnesses in this case but all are not expected to take the stand.
Officers at the court house said they expect the trial to continue until the end of this week.
Count on News13 for updates.