Two employees of a Short North business have been charged with murder after they allegedly attacked and killed a 37-year-old man outside the business. On Friday, Gregory Coleman, Jr.’s family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the owners of Julep and two other restaurants in the Columbus area that they say is owned by the same company.
The suit alleges that on September 5, Gregory was savagely beaten to death by two security guards, Chrystian Foster and Dwayne Cummings. Julep employees not only attacked Coleman but throughout the entire saga.
No Julep employee tried to break up the fight or render Coleman aid as he lay there dying the complaint filed in Franklin County Common Pleas Court alleged. The suit also names as defendants Park Street Cantina, Granero Lounge and Callahan’s Bar and Rooftop all of which are owned by Fadi and Sam Michael.
The company did not respond to our requests for comment. Foster and Cummings who are accused of murder in the Colemans’ case are both named as defendants. They are being held in the Franklin County Correction Facility II on a $1 million bond each.
The complaint states that shortly after Coleman ordered food from a stand outside Julep at 1014 N. High St. at around 2:30 a.m. on the day of the assault. He was approached by Foster one of the bar’s security guards who asked Coleman to clear the premises.
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The Columbus police department released a video showing the confrontation between Coleman and Foster during which Foster was able to land a punch. The video shows Cummings who is described as a 6-year veteran security guard for Julep’s parent company, sucker punching Coleman from the side causing the 37-year-old victim to crumble to the ground and smash his skull on the pavement, as the complaint puts it.
When Did Coleman’s Death announce?
Coleman’s death was announced on September 18 by Coleman’s family attorney. He had been in the intensive care unit at Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center for two weeks. Among those he leaves behind to forever mourn his absence is his daughter, as stated in the complaint.
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The complaint states that Julep must exercise reasonable care when selecting new employees. Coleman’s family claimed that Julep and the other businesses owned by the Michael brothers were to blame for their 37-year-old son’s death because they failed to properly patrol the premises and provide sufficient security for their customers.
Attorney Rex Elliott of Columbus is representing Coleman’s family in their demand for a jury trial and damages in excess of $25,000.
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