Opry Mills Mall Shooter’s Case Turned Over to Grand Jury

One week after claiming a life inside of a Nashville-area mall, Justin Golson’s fate lies in the hands of a grand jury. According to local news outlet WKRN, a judge turned the case over to a grand jury on Thursday (5/10) after deciding there was probable cause in the case.

Golson will be charged with second degree homicide.

The suspect is accused of gunning down 22-year-old Demarco Churchwell on Thursday (5/3) inside of the Opry Mills Mall after the pair allegedly had a disagreement. Metro police report that after the shooting, Golson walked to a ticket booth near the Grand Ole Opry, where he turned over his gun and himself.

Churchwell’s girlfriend, Alexandria Lavender, was also taken into custody after the shooting. She is reportedly being charged with unlawful possession of a weapon and her case will also be turned over to a grand jury.

Following the fatal incident on Thursday, May 4, the mall remained closed for business.

“Opry Mills Management would like to take a moment to thank the swift and courageous response of the Nashville Police Department with respect to a situation that took place earlier today on our property. We are cooperating fully with investigators and offering any assistance we can. We would direct any additional questions regarding today’s incident to law enforcement,” the company wrote in a statement.

The mall re-opened for normal business the following day.

This is an ongoing case.