Dubois man dies after weekend fight

From local sources

EVANSVILLE — A Dubois man involved in a weekend altercation in Jasper died Wednesday evening at an Evansville hospital.

Timothy R. Stafford, 41, of 4201 N. Second St., was pronounced dead at 7:20 p.m. CDT at St. Mary’s Medical Center, according to Jasper Police Department detective Sgt. Rick Chambers.

“We are developing a pretty clear picture as to what happened,” the detective said.

Once the investigation is complete, he said, the case will be forwarded to the Dubois County Prosecutor’s Office for possible charges.

Jasper police respond to a bar fight maybe once a month, but Chambers, who has been a city officer for 27 years, cannot remember ever working a fatal bar fight. “I am sure someone has been seriously hurt before but nothing comes to mind,” he said.

Police are still asking for information from the public about the altercation that preceded Stafford’s death.

Police and an ambulance responded at 3 a.m. Saturday to J.R.’s Bar, 23 Clay St., when it was reported that a man was unresponsive following a physical altercation.

Upon arrival, police and emergency medical technicians found Stafford not breathing and lying unresponsive on the ground outside the bar.

Stafford was taken to Memorial Hospital in Jasper and was then flown by LifeFlight helicopter to St. Mary’s. He had been listed in critical condition.

A preliminary investigation found Stafford had gotten into a physical altercation outside the bar with 23-year-old Leslie M. Osborn Jr. and 22-year-old Zachary D. Parks, both of Petersburg.

Chambers said police have spoken with 11 witnesses about the incident.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call Chambers at 482-2255 or the department’s anonymous tip line at 481-COPS (2677).

Contact Bill Powell at bpowell@dcherald.com.

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