A 20-year-old Louisiana woman and two other suspects have been arrested in connection with a fatal brawl that took place along the West Pearl River. The suspects were accused of beating to death a 46-year-old man who previously warned them about throwing a plastic bottle into the river. Authorities declared that the victim was mending from brain surgery.
Louisiana Woman Hit Man Over Brain Surgery Scar with Blunt Object
According to a St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesperson, on Monday morning, 20-year-old Blaine Manalle was arrested and charged with second-degree murder. In addition, two more people had been arrested and charged following the death of 46-year-old Jeffery Howell.
Based on the police report, Jeffery Howell, the victim was at the sandbar on Saturday with a group of friends. At around 5:30, Jeffery, who was standing close to the river, noticed a group of soused people throwing plastic bottles into the West Pearl River.
Howell’s friends told the deputies that the man walked up to the group to asked them to stop throwing bottles. Minutes later, an altercation broke out which ended in tragedy.
According to the authorities, the recently charged Louisiana woman reportedly hit Howell in the head with a blunt object. Unfortunately, the object used by Blaine struck Howell’s brain surgery skull. The man was later declared dead at the scene.
Dr. Charles Preston, St. Tammany Parish’s coroner, declared that Howell’s brain surgery scar was the size of a cupped hand. Moreover, according to the coroner’s report, the victim still had staples in place at the moment of the assault.
Kathy Maillet, Howell’s next-door neighbor and a friend of the family, told a reporter that Howell had been discharged from the hospital several weeks before the accident. Howell underwent a brain tumor removal surgery.
Along with the Louisiana woman, authorities arrested 21-year-old Cameron Alphonso and 22-year-old Alden Kindergran. Alphonso remains in police custody, his charge having been upgraded from manslaughter to second-degree murder.
Futhermore, Kindergran, who was charged with disturbing the peace, was released from prison on Monday after posting bail.