UPDATE: Owner of Bench Warmer Too Surrenders Liquor License Permanently
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The owner of Bench Warmer Too will not face the Alcohol Beverage Control Board March 5, 2014 as expected.
Marvin Cassady temporarily handed over his liquor license the day after five people were shot inside the bar. The shooting happened January 12, 2014. Police say a 15-year-old boy got past bouncers and shot two juveniles and three adults inside the Bench Warmer Too. The investigation into the shooting continues. A spokesman for the ABC Board confirms Cassady decided later to permanently give up the license.
Cassady’s temporary forfeiture paved way for members of the ABC Board to schedule a hearing. The bar owner’s permanent forfeiture cancels the hearing. Lawyers for the shooting victim are continuing to build their case.
Members of the ABC Board wanted to use a hearing to figure out if Cassady or his staff violated ABC Board rules.
The group tasked with oversight of alcohol distribution in Alabama would have also used the hearing to determine if Bench Warmer Too was a public danger.
Board members have removed the hearing for Cassady from their docket.
“The pulling of the licensure from Bench Warmer Too doesn`t really affect our case too much because the events have already happen to my clients,” said Attorney Will League.
League represents two people shot inside the club in January. He is seeking monetary compensation for a bar security guard and innocent bystander.
“With that many shots going at different folks, it`s lucky no one was killed in this incident,” added League.
Investigators with the Huntsville Police Department believe a teenager pulled a trigger. The unidentified teenager is in custody.
League knows the shooter is responsible, but is also working to hold Cassady accountable.
League hopes the lawsuit will prompt change.
“What we would like to see as attorneys and victims, is stricter laws determining how minors can come in and partake,” added League.
League has run into some difficulty going after Cassady. League told WHNT News 19 Cassady has some ownership insurance offering some extra legal protection.
WHNT News 19 is checking with different sources to see what will become of the business, located at 3000 University Drive.