Petersburg pair arrested for manslaughter

By BILL POWELL
Herald Staff Writer

JASPER — The Jasper Police Department took Petersburg residents Leslie M. Osborn Jr., 23, and Zachary D. Parks, 22, into custody Thursday afternoon and charged both with Class C felony involuntary manslaughter after a weekend altercation at a Jasper bar resulted in a Dubois man’s death.

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Police said Osborn and Parks were arrested in connection with an incident at 3 a.m. Saturday at J.R.’s Bar, 23 Clay St., that led to the death of Timothy R. Stafford, 41, of 4201 N. Second St., Dubois.

Authorities responded to the Clay Street establishment after the bar’s owner called the police department’s nonemergency line and informed officers that a man on the ground outside the bar was unresponsive, bleeding and not breathing.

Police and emergency medical technicians arrived to find Stafford bleeding from the nose and mouth. He was not breathing and was unresponsive.

Stafford was taken to Memorial Hospital in Jasper and was then flown by LifeFlight helicopter to St. Mary’s Medical Center in Evansville. He succumbed to his injuries at 7:20 p.m. CDT Wednesday, according to police. The Vanderburgh County Coroner’s Office was to conduct an autopsy today.
After speaking with several eyewitnesses at the scene and at the Jasper Police Department this week, authorities pieced together a chronology of what transpired at the bar.

Police say two unnamed individuals had gone outside the bar and had gotten into a verbal and physical altercation. Both Parks and Osborn were friends with one of the men in the altercation. Stafford knew the other man, according to authorities.

Once he was outside the bar, Stafford tried to intervene in the altercation and was confronted by Osborn, police said. A physical fight ensued during which Osborn struck Stafford in the face at least twice.

The altercation between Osborn and Stafford was broken up by the owner of J.R.’s Bar, police said. At that time, according to witness statements, Stafford approached Parks and attempted to punch him. Parks struck Stafford in the face and rendered him unconscious, according to authorities.

According to evidence collected and witness testimony taken, once Stafford was lying unconscious on the ground, Parks got on top of him and continued to strike him in the face multiple times even though people were telling Parks that Stafford was knocked out.

During the time that Parks and Stafford were on the ground, witnesses told police, Osborn also allegedly struck Stafford at least once in the mid-torso area while Stafford was still unconscious and not breathing. After a short time, police said, Parks and Osborn were separated from Stafford.

Authorities booked Osborn and Parks into the Dubois County Security Center on Thursday afternoon. Both men posted bond later in the afternoon.

The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department, the Dubois County Prosecutor’s Office, the Pike County Sheriff’s Department and Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services assisted.

Anyone with information is asked to call Jasper detective Sgt. Rick Chambers at 482-2255 or the anonymous tip line at 481-2677.

Contact Bill Powell at bpowell@dcherald.com.




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