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Party Promoter of Deadly Party Enters Guilty Plea

JACKSON, Tenn. – The man who allegedly promoted a party at Club Sinsations has pleaded guilty to deceptive business practices.

Tobious Blackwell, of Oakfield, paid a fine of $350 Thursday in Jackson City Court regarding the deceptive business practices charge that stemmed from the July 13 party the ended in a death.

Police said that their investigation showed that Blackwell promoted the party and had a flyer produced for advertising that indicated “Outside Security Provided by JPD.”

Officials stated that Blackwell rented the building from Anthony Stokes who had a previous agreement for security services with the City of Jackson for police officers to furnish security in the exterior areas and on the parking lots, but that was terminated in 2011.

Investigators allege that Blackwell was aware that there was no longer a contractual agreement between the City of Jackson and Club Sinsations. They also said that Blackwell was aware of the difference between the police department providing a "special patrol" and parking lot "security".

On July 14 at 1:13 a.m., an officer was special patrolling Club Sinsations at 13 Bond Street and heard gunshots in the area. Officers responded to the business and found Raymon Carpenter, 26, lying on the parking lot with gunshot wounds.

Carpenter was transported by ambulance to Jackson-Madison County General Hospital and was pronounced dead around 2:30 a.m.

The homicide investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Jackson Police Department's Violent Crimes Unit at (731) 425-8400 or Crime Stoppers at (731) 424-8477 (TIPS). Submit a cyber tip at jmcrimestoppers.org and click on “web tips".
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