Centerfolds manager Timothy Piegari and doorman Brandon Draper entered their respective pleas in the case during an appearance in Maricopa Country Superior Court on Tuesday.
Both are charged with felonies for their alleged involvement in the January 21 death of Luke Jones, an employee of the Daisy Mountain Fire Department, who was a patron of the club and died after being assaulted in the parking lot.
Draper, 26, is accused of second-degree murder after allegedly pushing Jones to the ground and repeatedly striking him, including several blows to head, according to the Phoenix Police Department. Jones reportedly was wearing a brace on his left arm at the time.
Piegari, 42, was charged with evidence tampering and hindering prosecution. Police say the Centerfolds manager allegedly disconnected the club’s security cameras after the assault took place but before officers arrived on the scene.
Draper is currently still in police custody on a $250,000 bond. He also reportedly has claimed indigent status and will be represented in his case by a public defender.
As New Times previously reported, Centerfolds Cabaret was closed down by its owners on January 30 after state officials suspended the club’s liquor license in response to Piegari and Draper’s arrests.