On Thursday night, Ohio police confirmed the man who allegedly shot a waitress in the face outside of a sports bar owned by 98 Degrees singer, Nick Lachey, turned himself in.
People reports that Lavoris Hightower, 36, surrendered to police, who charged him in connection with shooting of Ellie Richardson, 27, who was shot in the face while leaving Lachey’s Bar off of 12th Street in Cincinnati. While walking across the street at around 3:45 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning, the suspect reportedly almost hit Richardson with his van. The pair apparently got into a verbal altercation before Richardson reportedly pulled out a gun and shot her in the face.
Richardson survived the incident.
LAVORIS HIGHTOWER is WANTED by @CincyPD for for the shooting of Ellie Richardson. Hightower has been indicted for Attempted Murder, Felonious Assault, Weapons Under Disability & Tampering With Evidence. Call 911 if you know his location. DO NOT APPROACH. Call 352-3040 w/ tips. pic.twitter.com/HLVhzbS2jZ
— Cincinnati Police (@CincyPD) December 7, 2017
Hightower secured a lawyer before turning himself in. The attorney, Clyde Bennett II, told People that although Hightower surrendered, he did not shoot the victim in the face.
“My client is not guilty of the offense. My client says he was not there at the time of the shooting and there has not been any evidence to support that he is guilty.”
“So until or unless you give me evidence to the contrary, I’m of the opinion he didn’t do it,” added, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.
On Friday morning, Hightower faced arraignment at the Hamilton County Common Pleas Court, where he was officially charged with “attempted murder, felonious assault, weapons under disability and tampering with evidence.”
Hamilton remains behind bars on a $1 million bond.
Richardson, who was treated at the University of Cincinnati Hospital Medical Center, was released last Thursday.
Cincinnati— This city has a special place in our hearts, which is why we’ve added another show to support a member of our community. We hope you’ll join us on Dec 15th at Aronoff Center. ALL proceeds will go directly to Ellie’s recovery. https://t.co/vFNfejIXN5 pic.twitter.com/kF3TjLISHr
— Nick Lachey (@NickLachey) December 1, 2017
“The swelling has subsided drastically, and the bruising around her eyes is nearly gone. The surgeons are confident she is progressing well enough to continue her recovery from home for the next few days,” a supporter posted on Facebook, on Dec. 6.
Meanwhile, Lachey and his brother and co-owner of the club, Drew Lachey, are holding a benefit concert to help raise funds for Richardson’s medical expenses on Dec. 15, at the benefit concert for Richardson at the Aronoff Center.
[Feature Photo:Elizabeth Richardson/YouCaring]