Man pleads guilty to second degree murder in 2018 Chesapeake bar shooting
CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) – A man charged with murder in a 2018 Chesapeake bar shooting has pleaded guilty.
Eric Bachmeier pleaded guilty Friday morning to second degree murder and using a firearm in the commission of a felony.
His five-day jury trial was scheduled to begin next week. Bachmeier’s sentence is set for January 11.
In July 2018, Bachmeier shot dead Hector Clemente, police said.
According to the testimony of Bachmeier’s ex-girlfriend in October 2018, Bachmeier broke up in March and she was dating Clemente at the time of the shooting.
The two were at the bar for karaoke that night and were aware of the other’s presence. They only spoke cordially when Bachmeier asked his ex-girlfriend for a cigarette, she said at the time.
After they left the bar, one of Clemente’s friends told Bachmeier that “he was not going to go after these people”, according to a testimony.
It was then that she said a fight broke out, but Clemente was not involved.
At one point, she said she saw Bachmeier rushing towards them, but Clemente tackled them in a bush.
She told the judge that she and her mother had helped Clemente up and turned to leave when they fell because he was shot.
She then saw Bachmeier shoot Clemente three more shots in the back.
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