Trial begins today in nightclub murder

Published on Tuesday, 3 December 2013 18:25 - Written by DAYNA WORCHEL dworchel@tylerpaper.com

The murder trial for a Tyler man accused of shooting and killing another man outside of a nightclub a year ago will begin this morning in the Smith County 7th District Court.

Marquel Jermon Scott, 33, was charged with murder, a first-degree felony, and one count of aggravated assault after Keeston Dwone Fields, 26, was shot outside of the Hyena’s Clubhouse, 2126 N. Grand Ave. at 2 a.m. on Nov. 26, 2012. Fields died from his injuries. Another man, John Woods, was critically injured in the shooting, Tyler police spokesman Don Martin said in November 2012.

Scott faces life in prison if convicted, Smith County Assistant District Attorney Jeff Wood said. Judge Kerry Russell will preside over the trial. Defense attorneys Buck Files and Brett Harrison are defending Scott.

Russell ruled Tuesday in a pretrial hearing that a man who is now jailed on capital murder charges, Darian Pilkington, may testify in the Scott case because he allegedly witnessed the shooting. Russell said Pilkington, described as a “material witness,” might be called by the defense because he has information that could be favorable to Scott’s case. Pilkington was charged with capital murder in a homicide at American Inn, 1800 W. Erwin St., on June 15.

Simon was being held Tuesday in the Smith County jail on a $1.25 million bond.