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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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nancy    

may this piece of **** rott in jail and then hell!

538 days ago
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bertnasstee    

Its funny how all youse people say these racist things on your computer. I can say you WOULD NOT say it to a black person. Nice to see how your parents raised you!

538 days ago
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SoCalHD    

The sad part of this story is he would be getting more time if he was selling dope. Well that's California laws for you.

538 days ago
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bubbiesright    

Fry him..does Cali have death sentence? What was his upbringing?

538 days ago
50.

RuthieB    

He should be "put down" like a bad animal.

538 days ago
51.

moneyman    

You people would turn someone racist..i am not going there because i am not going to hell because of the hatred in your heart..besides PLEASE say this to my face a$$holes!!

538 days ago
52.

Netty    

Wow to some of the comments here. Why does his race matter? He killed someone, that's all that should matter. There are murderers in every race.

538 days ago
53.

MAS    

Bastard

538 days ago
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MAS    

P.S. to all the racist azzholes, that guy who killed those KIDS at sandy hook was WHITE. Jus sayin!

538 days ago
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jabberjaws    

Threw his life away at 22. sobering.

538 days ago
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JAI SHAI    

At least he shot another club goer and and a classroom full of students.

538 days ago
57.

IndyMike    

Don't matter what color you are trash is trash

538 days ago
58.

IndyMike    

Atheist he can't be bread now

538 days ago
59.

Workin my way to Trump status    

These things happen when only 30% of a race are able to be productive and valuable citizens to a community (blacks).

538 days ago
60.

NOT ELMO    

He will make a Great Wife for the next 20 Years in Prison and His Constipation problems will be over soon too... :)

538 days ago
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