RUSSELL COUNTY, Ala. (WRBL) Monday morning, the murder trial of a Columbus man accused of shooting a man inside an unlicensed nightclub in Phenix City began.

Jaquandre Bowen was 24 years old when he was accused of fatally shooting Keon Simmons, 27, in March 2020.

During opening statements Monday morning, former Russell County District Attorney Kenny Davis, who now works part-time in the D.A.’s office, told jurors Simmons and Bowen knew each other. He claims the two had ‘bad blood,’ after Simmons pulled a gun on Bowen in January of 2018. Simmons was arrested by Phenix City Police and incarcerated until late 2019.

Bowen was arrested in April of 2020 in Columbus; during that arrest Davis said police recovered the gun police believed was used in the crime.

Bowen is being represented by Montgomery criminal defense attorney Jennifer Holton. She told jurors the evidence is not substantial enough to point to her client.

The state plans to call 36 witnesses to the stand, one of which was involved in another shooting that same night.

Opening statements wrapped up Monday afternoon, witness testimony is expected to begin Tuesday morning.

Previous Reports

April 6, 2020: Phenix City police arrest murder suspect in connection to March 14 shooting | WRBL

March 14, 2020: Two overnight Phenix City shootings leave 27-year-old man dead, another wounded | WRBL