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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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baybek8s    

This guy thought he was OJ. Now hopefully he will serve time like OJ.

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freelikeme    

We all love u Robert Thomson we will see u soon u just got a lot of haters on with opinions that don't even matter do something with yall life. RIP young man!

551 days ago
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ibjujub    

Let me explain how this guy got off. In California, since the liberal government wants more taxes and the people won't give it to them, they have decided that we can't pay the prison unions anymore so we are going to let the felons loose on the general public. This form of extortion is coming to you...it's a matter of time. In this state, if the democratic government doesn't get the money they want, the release felons on the general public. DO NOT COME TO CALIFORNIA... YOU RISK YOUR LIFE HERE! We see this stuff everyday in our state. It's completely caused by our mobster like government.

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