By Stan Welch
It was just a regular hot June Saturday night at the Highway 418 Dance Barn, when a car driven by nineteen year old D’Marrion Jaquay Gilmore left the road and crashed into a telephone pole, bursting into flames.
Gilmore told those at the dance club not to call the police, saying he was wanted on several warrants, but the Greenville County Sheriff’s deputies were already en route. James Reeves, manager of the club, said that Gilmore put a gun to his forehead and demanded keys to a vehicle. When Gilmore left the building, those inside locked him out. When he couldn’t locate the car he fired several shots into the building.
By that time, all the noise and ruckus had brought the property owner, Jerry Lee Lollis, a 62 year old white male, to the scene on his ATV. According to witnesses, when he saw Gilmore was armed, he turned the ATV to flee, but Gilmore shot him. Lollis died three hours later during surgery.
Gilmore fled into a nearby tree line, where he was subsequently caught, after reinforcements and K-9 officers were brought in.
The nineteen year old Gilmore, a black male, was wanted on eleven warrants in the Charlotte/Mecklenburg County area. Those charges included assault with a deadly weapon, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, armed robbery, auto theft, firing a gun into an occupied building, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and several others. He is being held in the Greenville County Detention Center without bond, while he awaits extradition to North Carolina