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$1.5 million bail for man accused in Roselawn bar shooting

The shooting happened in early October at a bar on Reading Road in Roselawn.
Lonnell Anderson (the man in the hat) stands behind the victim, Derek Smith, as he fires two...
Lonnell Anderson (the man in the hat) stands behind the victim, Derek Smith, as he fires two gunshots, the prosecutor's office says.(Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office)
Published: Oct. 20, 2021 at 5:27 PM EDT
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CINCINNATI (WXIX) - A suspect faces murder charges after allegedly jumping the fence of a bar patio and shooting a man twice in the back of the head.

Police arrested Lonnell Anderson, 49, last week, jail records show.

The shooting happened Oct. 8 at Brandy’s Bar in the 7700 block of Reading Road in Roselawn, according to Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters.

Anderson allegedly got into the enclosed patio by jumping the fence. He found the victim, 31-year-old Derek Smith, sitting at a table with “his friend,” Deters says.

Derek Smith, 31, was shot Oct. 8 at Brandy’s Bar on Reading Road in Roselawn,
Derek Smith, 31, was shot Oct. 8 at Brandy’s Bar on Reading Road in Roselawn,(Provided by family)

Anderson then pulled a gun and shot Smith twice in the head, according to Deters.

Deters leaves it unclear whose friend Smith was sitting with but says later “it is believed” Smith and Anderson did not know each other prior to the incident.

He notes at the time of the alleged shooting, Anderson was out on a $400 bond (10 percent of $4,000) for a charge of possessing weapons under disability.

The prosecutor’s full statement can be found below. It reads in part: “This victim was executed in the middle of a crowded bar simply because of his race.”

He does not elaborate on that statement, and court documents for the case are not currently available.

Anderson is currently at the Hamilton County Justice Center on a $1.5 million cash bond.

A Hamilton County grand jury indicted Anderson on charges of murder, aggravated murder with a premeditated specification and possessing weapons under disability.

If convicted on all counts, Anderson faces life in prison.

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