Crime & Courts

Bond denied on Clowney’s father’s attempted murder, weapons charges

David Morgan, left, walked out of the courtroom Wednesday while the judge was still addressing him after denying bond on his attempted murder and weapons charges. Morgan, pictured here with Rock Hill attorney Leland Greeley, is accused of shooting at two people outside the Crazy Horse Showclub early Tuesday.
David Morgan, left, walked out of the courtroom Wednesday while the judge was still addressing him after denying bond on his attempted murder and weapons charges. Morgan, pictured here with Rock Hill attorney Leland Greeley, is accused of shooting at two people outside the Crazy Horse Showclub early Tuesday. tkulmala@heraldonline.com

The judge was still addressing David “Chilli Bean” Morgan Wednesday when he abruptly walked out of the courtroom, visibly upset after bond was denied on attempted murder and weapons charges.

Morgan, 45, faces five charges, including two counts of attempted murder and one count each of felon in possession of a firearm, unlawful carry of a firearm and possession of a weapon during a violent crime. He is the father of NFL player Jadeveon Clowney, a former Gamecock and South Pointe High School football star who now plays for the Houstan Texans.

The charges stem from a Tuesday morning incident at the Crazy Horse Showclub on Cherry Road where, police say, Morgan fired “multiple” gunshots at the club’s manager and the manager’s girlfriend.

Morgan had been removed from the club for sitting on the stage, according to a Rock Hill police report. The manager told police he saw Morgan standing by a wall near the back of the property about 2:15 a.m. Tuesday, and Morgan fired several shots at them. The manager told police he returned fire.

Police found Morgan at Piedmont Medical Center with a gunshot wound in the shoulder, the report states.

Rock Hill attorney Leland Greeley appeared in court with Morgan on Wednesday and brought up Morgan’s injury when he asked for bond.

“We are concerned about his follow-up care for this and the possibility of infection,” Greeley said. “He needs to be under a doctor’s care, and if this court denies bond, he is not going to be able to have that.

Greelely was only representing Morgan at Wednesday’s bond hearing, during which Municipal Judge Jane Modla appointed Morgan a public defender. Greeley said Morgan had received hospital care three times in the last 30 hours, but Modla said the accusations against Morgan make him a threat to the community, and that he can still receive medical care while in jail based on the care he’s already received.

Morgan stepped from behind the podium and began walking toward the door to the jail after Modla denied bond. Greeley and an officer tried coaxing Morgan back into the courtroom but he continued out the door. He refused to come back into the courtroom, and said he would sign his paperwork outside the courtroom.

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