Starkville teen faces murder charge in nightclub shooting

February 15, 2013 10:08:18 AM



A Starkville High School student has been charged in the shooting death of an Oktibbeha County resident.  


Ronagal Lamar Outlaw, 17, allegedly shot Trumaine Macon, 23, just after midnight Thursday at the Crossroads Lounge on the Oktibbeha-Lowndes County line.  


According to witnesses on scene, the two men got into an altercation after a Valentine's Day party at the nightclub. While the incident is still under investigation, witnesses said Outlaw began firing multiple shots at Macon, emptying his clip. Of the numerous rounds fired, only one bullet reportedly struck Macon.  


Lowndes County Coroner Greg Merchant said an autopsy will be performed on Macon today to verify the cause of death.  


Friends attempted to take Macon to the hospital but the car ran out of gas a short distance from the nightclub. Macon was put in another car and taken to Oktibbeha County Hospital where he was pronounced dead shortly after his arrival.  


Law enforcement officials were on scene Thursday afternoon attempting to locate the weapon.  


One of Outlaw's former teachers at Starkville High who asked not to be identified recalled Outlaw as "a decent kid, but he did run with a rough crowd and was someone who was easily influenced.''  


The Crossroads Lounge was charged with alcohol violations earlier Wednesday evening by Alcohol Beverage Control agents. Those charges were not related to the shooting.  


Outlaw was charged as an adult and is currently in the custody of the Lowndes County Adult Detention Center on a $200,000 bond.