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Seven Men Indicted in Connection with the Death of Dallas Jordan Barrett


Seven men are facing charges of reckless homicide and aggravated assault resulting in death in connection with the August 16th passing of Dallas Jordan Barrett, 22, who was involved in an altercation with security staff and was held on the floor of the roof area at Whiskey Row bar at 400 Broadway.

Indicted by the Davidson County Grand Jury are six individuals who were working at Whiskey Row on August 16:

  • Dylan Thomas Larocca, 33, of Mt. Juliet;
  • John D. Eustace, 26, of Hermitage;
  • Mark Ryan Watkins, 24, last known address DeBary, Florida;
  • Mallet Daquan Meneese, 30, of Hermitage;
  • Jaelen Alexander Maxwell, 23, of Murfreesboro; and
  • Tarrell K. Gray, 25, of Nashville.

Also indicted is Steven John Simon, 44, of Hermitage, a non-employee who appeared to hold Barrett’s legs while he was on the ground.

Larocca surrendered on the indictment at the Downtown Detention Center late this afternoon. Simon surrendered this evening. The five other defendants are not yet in custody.

MNPD officers responded to the top floor of the bar pursuant to a call concerning a fight. The initial responding officers found Barrett on the floor unresponsive and began CPR until they were relieved by Nashville Fire Department personnel. Barrett was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

In November, the Medical Examiner concluded that Barrett died of asphyxiation and listed the manner of death as homicide.

A Criminal Court judge set bond for each of the defendants at $25,000.

Detective David Studer, Detective Chris Cote and Sergeant Adam Read from the Homicide Unit led this investigation.

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