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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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Dave    

I can hear his momma now saying "My baby's no murderer he's a good boy"

450 days ago
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♥BeautifulMia♥    

First Word; Taxpayers

450 days ago
18.

Lee    

That's OK folks. Due to California's strict crime laws, he will be back on the streets before he is 26!

450 days ago
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billybob    

That happens when you give a killer a second chance!

450 days ago
20.

Zarley    

Hey this guy is about to get his 25 years of fame.

450 days ago
21.

myopinion    

KARMA!!!! Hopefully this fool will spend the rest of his life in jail!!!!

450 days ago
22.

Jay W.     

This puke needs to be locked up until he dies!

450 days ago
23.

roll3567    

remember there's a victim here. my prayers go out to his family.

450 days ago
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Truth bomb    

While young black males have accounted for about 1% of the population from 1980 to 2008, they have made up an increasing proportion of homicide victims, going from 9% of all homicide victims in 1980 to 18% in 1994. After 1994, their proportion of homicide victims has remained relatively stable at about 16%.

450 days ago
25.

Ant    

How does 19 year old last july turn 22 today?

450 days ago
26.

loveyou15    

Savage dome people need to be locked up in cages like the animals they are

450 days ago
27.

Mason     

The words "dirt" and "bag" come to mind.

450 days ago
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manbearpig    

look at his mugshot- he wants you to know he is tough!
he isn't really but, he wants you to think he is.

450 days ago
29.

Moment of Clarity    

All these negative racial comments are a waste of time. Acts of madness by margalized people eventually affects all of us. This guy is an example of "the canary in the cage"! The entire human race needs to improve and evolve or we're all toast.

450 days ago
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Mason     

They gonna love this little pretty boy in the joint!

450 days ago
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