Update: Kinnie Marquan Utley Identified as Victim in State Line Club Shooting; Justice for Family?

Kinnie Marquan Utley Identified as Victim in State Line Club Shooting

Update: Victim in State Line Club Shooting Identified as Kinnie Marquan Utley. (Stock Photo: MurrayLegal.com)

Did negligent security contribute to this shooting and are justice and compensation available to the victim’s family?


Update: WMBFnews.com reports, victim in State Line Club shooting identified as “22-year-old Kinnie Marquan Utley, 22, of Rockingham, NC.”

Gunfire erupted at a Bennettsville, South Carolina nightclub early Saturday morning, May 4, 2019, leaving one young man dead.  

According to WPDE.com, “one person has died after being shot Saturday morning at the State Line Club on Highway 38 North just outside of Bennettsville near the Richmond County line.”  The man was taken to a hospital in North Carolina, where he died from his injuries the news outlet reports.  Local and state authorities are investigating. 

WMBFnews.com reported on a shooting at this establishment back in July 2015.


Nightclub patrons have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises. The Murray Law Firm questions the level of security provided at the nightclub and whether this tragedy may have been prevented.

  • Have there been prior incidents of violence on or near the property?  
  • Did any past incidents of violence bring about any security changes?
  • Were security measures, such as lighting, surveillance cameras, or security personnel, in place to deter crime and protect the victim and others at the time of the shooting?
  • Does the nightclub have a protocol to check guests for deadly weapons prior to entering the establishment?

Generally, property owners are required to protect all those legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm. Should the facts of this matter reveal that the nightclub owner failed to provide adequate security to protect those on its premises, the victim’s family may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims for their loss.

Based upon its prior successful experience in handling security negligence claims on behalf of victims and their families, The Murray Law Firm suggests that photographs and a thorough, unbiased inspection of the property will need to be performed immediately, before any evidence may be repaired, damaged or destroyed. Given the complexities of pursuing a negligent security case, it is imperative that the victim’s family retain an experienced attorney who can ensure the preservation of any and all evidence that may support such a claim.


The Murray Law Firm has an extensive and successful record representing victims and their families and security negligence.  We have obtained over $100 Million in verdicts and settlements for out Clients, including a $29.25 million dollar verdict for a victim of an unsafe property. We offer our legal assistance, if desired.

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