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Alleged Nightclub Shooter

Beat Murder Rap

Before Hollywood Shooting

1/21/2013 9:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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The man accused of shooting and killing a clubgoer in Hollywood last weekend was accused of ANOTHER murder just a few months ago -- but the guy beat the rap, TMZ has learned.

22-year-old Robert Earl Thomas was arrested last July in connection with a murder that took place in 2009 in L.A. -- back when Thomas was just 19.

Thomas was charged with murder -- but law enforcement sources tell us, he was not the gunman in the case. We're told he was one of several people involved in the murder.

Thomas pled "not guilty" and spent 4 months in jail, but the murder charge was ultimately dropped due to lack of evidence. He was released in November.

Thomas is now accused of the murder TMZ captured on camera outside Empire nightclub in Hollywood last week. He was arrested Wednesday night at a friend's house in Las Vegas.

He is still in custody.

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TNastyFunktown    

It's really tragic that two people had to die before this guy was held accountable.

618 days ago
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Edith    

Sure he did!! Uou can see clear like the water. how he killed the other person.

618 days ago
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Bob    

Completely useless gutter rat. Good riddance, sh*t-bag.

618 days ago
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charlieyo    

Alex, your neighbors aunt made $100 bucks giving me brain.

618 days ago
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PG    

Good ol' California judicial system.

618 days ago
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Quiet    

what a creep.

618 days ago
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ray    

Hey dumba$$, how is this "Celebrity Justice" Since when is an ignorant viscious criminal a "celebrity?

618 days ago
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kburn    

Officially the Biggest Loser in LA

618 days ago
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stu    

MLK would be sooo proud of this little punk.
He a keeper for 1 of the Obama girls.

618 days ago
10.

Catrina     

Must be a slow day..why are we still following this idiot?

618 days ago
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Mazor    

Guns don't kill people. Black males kill people.

618 days ago
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spectator72    

Would I think his friends are angels or are they cold blooded like him

618 days ago
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john    

Little Pu **y boy who cannot fight like a man.

618 days ago
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Rattlesnake Jake    

@mazor - ur an idiot. White ppl do the most heinous violent crime. When's the last time a black guy shot up a school

618 days ago
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Rattlesnake Jake    

Tmz - infamous comment cutter

618 days ago
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