CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — The case against a man charged with fatally shooting another outside a popular Chesapeake bar will continue.
In July, Eric Bachmeier shot and killed Hector Clemente, according to police.
Bachmeier is charged with second-degree murder and felony use of a gun.
On Wednesday, Bachmeier appeared before a judge for his preliminary hearing.
Two witnesses, Bachmeier’s ex-girlfriend and a detective, testified.
Bachmeier’s ex-girlfriend told the judge they had broken up in March and she was dating Clemente at the time of the shooting.
The two were at Kelly’s, along with her mother who they lived with, for karaoke night.
Both parties were aware of each other presence at the bar and only spoke cordially when she says Bachmeier asked her for a cigarette.
Once they were leaving the bar, one of Clemente’s friend told Bachmeier that “he was not going to mess with these people,” according to the woman.
That’s when she said a scuffle broke out but Clemente was not involved.
At some point, she said she saw Bachmeier rush toward them but Clemente tackled them into a bush.
She told the judge she and her mother helped Clemente up and turned to leave when they fell because he had been shot.
She said that’s when she saw Bachmeier fire three more shots into his back.
Court documents reveal that Bachmeier told officer that he was the one who was attacked by Clemente’s friend when he was pushed into a bush.
Paperwork reveals that his gun fell out of his holster but he gained control only to see Clemente coming at him.
According to those documents, Bachmeier thought Clemente was going to “stomp him out” so he fired his gun.
Bachmeier’s lawyers told the judge that Bachmeier had previously called officers to Kelly’s to report an assault by Clemente a month prior to the incident.
A trial date will be picked next week.