VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi man has been indicted following a Christmas Eve shooting at a lounge that wounded five people.
Denzell Watts, a 22-year-old Utica resident, was indicted last week in Warren County on five counts of aggravated assault.
Watts is pleading not guilty before Warren County Circuit Judge James Chaney. After nearly eight months in jail, Watts' bail was reduced to $50,000 and he has been released on electronic monitoring after posting bail. Watts' lawyer, Warren Martin, says Watts plans to "aggressively defend the criminal charges against him." Martin also says Watts was injured in a jail assault and could sue on those grounds.
Police say Watts shot and wounded five people at L.D.'s Lounge. Vicksburg city officials closed the lounge for several days until the owner agreed to safety improvements.