Fatal bar fight suspects appear in court

From local sources

JASPER — The Vanderburgh County Coroner’s Office has determined a cause of death for a Dubois man who died after an Oct. 12 altercation at a Jasper bar.

Timothy R. Stafford, 41, of 4201 N. Second St., died of a closed head injury related to the 3 a.m. altercation, according to the findings of a Friday autopsy.

Petersburg residents Leslie M. Osborn Jr., 23, and Zachary D. Parks, 22, were arrested by the Jasper Police Department on Thursday afternoon. Both have been charged with Class C felony counts of involuntary manslaughter.

Police and emergency medical technicians who were called to a man down outside J.R.’s Bar, 23 Clay St., found 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.

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

Osborn and Parks appeared in Dubois Circuit Court this morning and had preliminary pleas of not guilty entered on their behalf. They requested pauper counsel but were told, since they are employed, that they would be responsible for securing their own counsel.

The conditions of their bonds include not drinking alcohol and not contacting the victim’s family.
Their next court appearance is Nov. 4 at 10 a.m.

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