Cameo nightclub shooting suspect faces new charges of bribery and obstruction

Cameo shooting suspect Cornell Beckley and Justin Watson are accused of bribing or attempting to bribe witnesses in Beckley's murder and felonious assault trial (WKRC file)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - A suspect in the fatal shooting at the Cameo nightclub faces new charges of bribery and obstructing justice. A grand jury filed the charges against Cornell Beckley on Friday, April 20.

Buckley faces five counts of bribery and a count each of tampering with evidence and obstruction of justice. Justin Watson also faces two counts of bribery and one count of obstruction.

Beckley was charged in a 38 count indictment in April 2017 for the shooting. He's charged with the murder of O'Bryan Spikes. Another suspected shooter, Deondre Davis, died from injuries in that nightclub shooting in the East End. Fifteen others were hurt.

According to the bribery indictment, Beckley offered cash to a witness or witnesses five times from June of 2017 through April 12, 2018. He's also accused of tampering with evidence in connection to a red jacket. Watson is alleged to have been involved in two of the incidents.

The indictment said the efforts to bribe witnesses was in connection to Beckley's murder and felonious assault case. Jury selection is currently set to begin May 4.

Court documents don't say how investigators learned of the alleged bribery allegations.

Watson has been in jail since December on drug and gun charges unrelated to the Cameo shooting. Beckley has been in jail since March of 2017 on a $1.7 million bond.

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