Nazdric Gates

Nazdric Gates of Mount Airy, North Carolina, was arrested last August in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He is facing a murder charge, three attempted murder charges and a weapons charge.

A man accused of killing one person and injuring three others outside an Orangeburg nightclub in August appeared in court Tuesday afternoon.

Nazdric Gates, 31, of Mount Airy, North Carolina, faces a murder charge, three attempted murder charges and a weapons charge, according to arrest warrants.

The Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office says Gates was involved in an altercation at the Pit Stop Pub on Bamberg Highway on Aug. 16.

After the fight, Gates allegedly fired several random shots into a crowd outside the club as he drove away.

Christavius Darby, 22, died at the scene. Three other men were treated for non-life-threatening injuries they received in the shooting.

Darby was not a part of the altercation, officials say.

Later that month, Gates was found in Colorado Springs, Colorado by a joint task force made up of the U.S. Marshals Service and the Colorado Fugitive Task Force.

He fought extradition back to South Carolina for several months, officials say.

“I can’t stress enough that there is not a distance you can run that we won’t be right behind you,” Sheriff Leroy Ravenell said in a release. “We will bring you back to face justice.”

During Tuesday’s hearing, Orangeburg County Magistrate Judge Derrick Dash said “This not a bond hearing this afternoon, this is what we call an arraignment.

“This court lacks jurisdiction of setting bond on you because of the nature of the charge.”

Dash read Gates his rights and asked him if he had any questions.

“Actually I do,” Gates said. “These warrants shouldn’t be for me. I don’t know what kind of investigating that y’all run, but clearly ..”

Dash corrected him, saying the court does not have investigative powers.

“Law enforcement did the investigating and based on their investigation they had enough probable cause to give them an arrest warrant on these charges. You, Mr. Gates, are innocent of these charges until proven guilty in the court of law,” Dash said.

Gates asked Dash if he could reread the documentation.

“Of course, I won’t take any of them from you,” Dash said.

When asked if he had any additional questions, Gates said he would hire an attorney and “get this show on the road.”

Prior to leaving the courtroom, Gates gave a slight bow to the judge.

Darby’s family was in the courtroom Tuesday, but did not comment.

The club shooting prompted Orangeburg County Council to pass an ordinance last year prohibiting bars in unincorporated areas from serving alcohol between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. Also, anyone who does not work at a nightclub must leave by 2:30 a.m.

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Gene Zaleski is a reporter/staff writer with The Times and Democrat.

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