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County yanks registration of bar where owner was killed

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Officials have pulled the business registration of a Greenville bar where the owner was killed year.

Raheem Robinson, 38, also known as "Bobby T," was shot and killed in the parking lot of his White Horse Road bar that bore his nickname on Aug. 6, 2012.

After his death, family and friends took over the bar and reopened it, saying it was Robinson's dream. The new management said they had security guards on site and checked all their patrons for concealed weapons.

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About five months later, deputies were called to the same bar after 29-year-old Marcus McGee, of Greenville, was shot and killed in the parking lot.

On Jan. 23, Greenville Deputy County Administrator John Hansley sent a letter to the owners of Bobby T's, now called Z2, stating that the business registration for the establishment had been revoked.

In the letter, Hansley cited an unusually high number of calls by law enforcement agencies, frequent arrests for illegal acts during business hours and failure to provide sufficient security measures to protect people and property as reasons for shutting down the nightclub.

Betty Barton, the new owner of the bar, said that although the bar has been closed, she appealed the letter because she did not feel it is fair that her right to own a business for the next year will be taken away from her.

A manager of the bar told FOX Carolina that the staff feels like they are being treated like the people who pulled the trigger. He said the violence happened outside the bar and the club should not be punished.

Barton's hearing was held Monday morning, and the hearing officer has not made his final decision. A spokesman for the county said that Barton's business is allowed to stay open until the appeal process is finished.

Deputies arrested David Young in connection with McGee's death. William McKinney was arrested in connection with Robinson's death.

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