Aug 16, 2013 11:33 AM

Prosecutors drop charges in fatal beating

LAKE CHARLES | Calcasieu Parish District Attorney John DeRosier says authorities will not continue to pursue charges against three men accused in a death at a New Year's Eve party.

The Lake Charles American Press reports Brian Diamond, Steven B. Ellis and Kawliger L. Connelly were all charged with manslaughter after Matthew V. Crochet died of head injuries following a fight in the early hours of Jan. 1 at a Moss Point home.

Authorities said at the time the fight may have been spurred by inappropriate sexual contact between Crochet and a juvenile at the home.

DeRosier said charges have been brought before a nine-person grand jury twice, but the grand jury could not make a decision whether to indict the men.

He says the case will only be re-opened if new evidence arises.


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