An Omaha man charged with first-degree murder in connection with a September shooting death was ordered held without bail Wednesday when he appeared in Douglas County Court.
Avery Tyler, 24, also was charged with use of a weapon to commit a felony in the shooting death of Delayno Wright, 24, of Omaha.
Moments later, Romesha Fountain, 28, and Jelani Johnson, 22, were charged with being accessories to the felony shooting. Judge Lawrence Barrett set bail for Fountain and Johnson at $100,000, which means they must post $10,000 — or 10 percent — to be released from jail.
The three were taken into custody Monday by Omaha police.
Authorities say the Sept. 3 shooting near the Halo Ultra Lounge at 17525 Gold Plaza in Omaha stemmed from a fight involving Wright's girlfriend during a bodypainting night at the bar. The woman had been painted to look like a zebra. At some point, Wright exchanged words with a man, though it was not clear if it was Tyler. Adam Goff, a friend of Wright, has said Wright may have been trying to protect his girlfriend from clubgoers trying to touch her.
Later that night, another woman — painted to look like a peacock — showed up at Lakeside Hospital to check on Wright's condition. He was transferred to the Nebraska Medical Center, where he died.
A prosecutor said Wednesday that Johnson and Fountain both lied to police about the shooting. The prosecutor also said Fountain owned the car used in the shooting.
Outside the Douglas County Corrections Center, family members said Fountain was home at the time of the shooting and had been misled by Tyler.
Tyler “needs to step up and be a man and say (to the police) 'leave her alone,' because he borrowed her car,” said a woman who identified herself as Fountain's mother. “She never lied to police.”
Johnson played basketball at Creighton Prep and later with Tyler at Bellevue University.
Tyler played three seasons at Central High School, then transferred to Bryan High School and was named Metro Conference player of the year in 2006. He came to Bellevue University from Des Moines Area Community College and twice was named a second team NAIA All-American.
He earned his bachelor's degree in business administration in 2010. He got a master's degree in management with an emphasis in executive coaching in June.