Alan Cole, owner of Ed’s Tavern, told Charlotte's news media that he will turn over a surveillance video to police that shows Bobby Kingston leaning over to speak with a female patron moments before Kenan Gay forced him outside and threw him into Park Road traffic.
Cole told reporters that in the video Kenan Gay can be seen grabbing Bobby Kingston by the collar and pulling him out the front door of Ed's Tavern.
Cole, who was in the bar the night of the incident, said Kingston was smiling and did not resist Gay.
“When they hit the doorway, Mr. Gay’s face changed and he started walking faster,” Cole said. “There was no pause. We were like ‘Oh My God! They’re going to fight.’”
"(Gay) didn’t acknowledge us, didn’t pause, ran straight with the gentleman toward the sidewalk," Cole said. "He stopped at the end of the sidewalk and tossed him into the street."
Bobby Kingston landed on his hands and knees in the street a split second later he was struck and killed.
On Monday, Gay's lawyer gave his version of what happened inside the bar.
"The fellow was putting his hands on my client’s girlfriend," attorney Chris Fialko said. "My client was trying to get her off of him; they were standing at the door. He threw him out the door. Unfortunately, and in an unlucky way for everyone, it was right near the road."
Fialko does not agree with the murder charge, and fought to have Gay's bond hearing moved up so he could get out of jail.
Cedar's Take: Mr. Fialko, if the above statement in quotes is correct, probably needs to re-think his career as a criminal defense lawyer. First referring to Bobby Kingston as "The Fellow" didn't make any points with the judge, as the victim has a name. Fialko can play that game with a jury and try to dehumanize the victim, and minimize the shock and horror of his client's behavior during the trial.
Second, it isn't like the door opens up to speeding cars. This wasn't an opps moment. There is at least 30 feet and then a sidewalk before Gay pushed Kingston into the street.
Photos of Ed's Tavern back in the MD days.
Cedar Bonus: Kenan Gay was reported as being a former UNC foodball player. However Gay was cut from the team and never played in a game.
Kingston, who's family is from Columbus Ohio, had planned to marry CMS teacher Keri McIntyre on August 4, 2012 at Zion Lutheran Church in New Middletown Ohio.
Photo of Keri and Bobby from late last year that was published along with the engagement announcement.
You might recall Keri McIntyre as the "Hot for Teacher" youtube victim back in 2007. WSOC's coverage is here.
Cedar's Last Word: Bobby Kingston was a nice easy going guy just out for a good time with some friends when Gay went all "Road House" on him. Witnesses tell how Kingston was just laughing off the confrontation and wasn't resisting or fighting back. Of course Kingston had no idea that his very passive approach to dealing with Gay's drunken rage would end his life just seconds later.
Gay on the other hand is the type of idiot we would all like to be protected from. A former wood head from UNC's football team, who doesn't have the skill set to function when boozed up could do us all a favor and plead to a lesser charge of involuntary manslaughter serve his 14 years and let the rest of us get on with our lives.