Bar Bouncer Shooting Was ‘Self-Defense,’ Defense Argues

A bar bouncer will go to trial this July in what defense counsel described as a case of self-defense for the murder of 38-year-old Delaney Simmons last year.

According to defense attorney Josh Insley, his client, 26-year-old Kamar Williams, was working as a bouncer at his grandmother’s bar near the 500 block of Bentalou Street and 2300 block of Ashton Street on Aug. 20, 2022, when he threw Simmons out of the bar. Simmons allegedly threatened to return with a handgun, did so, and was later shot by Williams.

On March 13, a prosecutor standing in for the assistant state’s attorney assigned to the case informed Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Melissa Phinn that the prosecutor was recently assigned to the case and does not currently have an approved plea offer.

Counsel agreed on a five-day trial, beginning July 18, before Judge John Howard.

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