- Associated Press - Monday, January 23, 2017

DOVER, Del. (AP) - A judge has dismissed the owner of a now-shuttered Wilmington strip club as a defendant in a lawsuit stemming from a fatal shooting.

Thirty-five-year-old William Brown was shot in 2015 after a fight broke out at the Gold Club on South Market Street.

Brown’s family filed a wrongful death suit against Michael Rose and his business entities.

But the judge last week said the plaintiffs failed to demonstrate that Rose participated in, or was involved with, the incidents surrounding Brown’s death.

The club, a hub of illicit activity, was permanently closed last year after the state attorney general’s office sought to have it declared a criminal nuisance.

Rose, meanwhile, is in federal prison after pleading guilty last year in California to racketeering, money laundering, and conspiracy to distribute cocaine.

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