Tuesday, August 03, 1999

Bar beating not cause of death

Police to file charges anyway

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        FRANKLIN — A man who was beaten by a crowd of bar patrons after he crashed his bicycle June 17 died of natural causes, coroner's officials said Monday.

        But police said they likely will file charges in the case involving the beating.

        “Whether he was beaten postmortem or not — either way, there was a crime committed,” Capt. Gerry Massey said. “I feel certain we will be filing charges.”

        Melvin R. Young, 31, of the 1100 Block of South River St., suffered a fatal aneurysm that would not have been caused by the crash or the beating, said Ken Betz, director of the Montgomery County Coroner's Office.

        “Those aren't externally induced. You either have one or you don't,” Mr. Betz said.

        Mr. Young died the day after he clipped a parked pickup truck trying to make a getaway on his bicycle after slashing the tires of two cars in front of Tyler's Sports Bar on Main Street. Witnesses told police Mr. Young fell head first over the bicycle's handlebars into the curb.

        A group of six men pounced on Mr. Young, beat him and rifled through his pockets, reports indicate.

        The tire-slashing occurred after Mr. Young was ejected from Tyler's and nearby Daley's Irish Pub because he was intoxicated.


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