Suspect arraigned in nightclub killing

Bradley O’Rourke, 30, was arraigned Monday, May 13, 2013, in the May 8 shooting death of 33-year-old Anton Hill outside a Northeast Portland nightclub. (KOIN 6 News)
Bradley O’Rourke, 30, was arraigned Monday, May 13, 2013, in the May 8 shooting death of 33-year-old Anton Hill outside a Northeast Portland nightclub. (KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A 30-year-old accused in the shooting death of a man outside a Northeast Portland strip club last week appeared in court for the first time Monday.

Bradley O’Rourke is charged with murder with a firearm, attempted murder and first-degree assault. An attorney entered a not guilty plea on his behalf.

Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney William Prince, prosecutor in the case, alleges O’Rourke shot and killed 33-year-old Anton Hill and wounded 21-year-old Joy Williams. O’Rourke turned himself in to detectives Friday, one day after the district attorney’s office filed charges against him.

The May 8 shooting occurred in the parking lot of Club Skinn on Northeast 60th Avenue. Detectives are trying to determine if it resulted from a fight over a woman. Police said there do not appear to be any gang ties.

Williams is said to be recovering from a gunshot wound to the arm and has to wear a sling, family members said. Hill leaves behind five children, according to Ray Lampkin, Hill’s uncle, who was in court Monday for O’Rourke’s arraignment.

“I’ve never seen him in my life,” Lampkin said of O’Rourke. “I don’t know anything about him.”

The mood inside the courtroom Monday was described as “tense” by one county employee. More than 10 family and friends of Hill sat in the back of the courtroom. O’Rourke did not speak and kept his head low.

A group of four people, who sat separate from Hill’s family, appeared at times to cry. One woman gave a slight hand wave to him as the hearing ended. When approached after court, the group declined to comment. One man, who refused to give his name, said “not guilty,” to a KOIN outside the courtroom.

Hill’s cousin, Chris Burgess, was in court but declined to comment. On the night of the shooing, Burgess and Hill had gone to Club Skin with several friends, Lampkin stated.

Lampkin said Burgess called him early Wednesday morning to inform him of the shooting.

Specific details have not been released by police. An affidavit for arrest was sealed by the district attorney’s office, records show.

A preliminary hearing was set for May 21 at 9 a.m. A Multnomah County Grand Jury is expected to review the case, officials said.

O’Rourke is represented by Jane Claus. When reached by phone, Claus declined to make a statement citing the pending ligation.

Brent Weisberg

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