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Man Charged with Manslaughter after Fatal Brawl

By Law Office of Matthew T. McNally  Apr. 21, 2014 3:20p

A 23-year-old Atlanta man was recently arrested and charged with involuntary manslaughter after a late night brawl resulted in the death of a 36-year-old man. Authorities were called to an apartment complex at about 11:30 pm after calls came in about several men being involved in a fight. Reports do not state exactly how many men were involved in the incident but apparently two groups of men began getting into a verbal dispute at the complex. The argument intensified and O.L. allegedly struck Q.G. in the face. The blow apparently caused the 36-year-old man to fall backwards and hit his head on the pavement. Q.L. lay unconscious on the ground and O.L. left the scene soon after. Q.L.'s companions transported him to the Atlanta Medical Center for treatment but it turned out that he had suffered a fatal head injury when he fell to the pavement. He was pronounced dead at the hospital. A warrant was issued for the arrest of O.L. and he was located and taken into custody without incident. Authorities apparently do not suspect that O.L. intended to kill Q.L. but he has been charged with battery and involuntary manslaughter, a felony. If convicted of the charges against him he could spend a significant amount of time behind bars. Get the help of a criminal defense attorney right away if you have been charged with any violent crime.

About Manslaughter Charges

Manslaughter is a charge brought against suspects in cases involving what appears to be an accidentally caused death. Whereas a murder charge requires proving that the suspect had a premeditated intention to cause the death of an individual, manslaughter involves circumstances of negligence or other wrongdoing which resulted in the unintended death of the victim. Examples include a drunk driver who causes a fatal crash, someone texting while driving resulting in a fatal accident or a fight which resulted in a death such as the example described above. Fatal vehicle accidents involving some form of negligence may result in vehicular homicide charges which is a similar level charge as voluntary or involuntary manslaughter. Although these charges are not penalized as harshly as murder, a conviction can still mean significant prison time and other penalties.

Criminal Defense Lawyer in Atlanta

Don't hesitate to contact us at the Law Office of Matthew T. McNally today if you have been charged with assault, battery, manslaughter or other violent crime. We have a track record of success in such cases and we may be able to fight the charges you are facing.

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