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March 28, 2012

Duncan man faces 2nd degree manslaughter charge

DUNCAN — A Duncan man faces a felony second degree manslaughter charge, after he was involved in an altercation in which another Duncan man later died Saturday night.

Jerome Hall, 51, was booked into Stephens County Jail on aggravated assault charges Saturday evening. At that time, Jeffrie McMillan was still alive, although he had been injured in a fight at 1401 N. 19th Street.

Shortly after the altercation, McMillan, called 911 and Duncan Police Department responded. Det. Cory Morris, who was called in after McMillan was transported to Duncan Regional Hospital and then OU Medical Center, said the incident originally was a simple assault.

“Mr. McMillan was alert and conscious. When officers arrived, he had a cut over his eye, and while the officer was there, Mr. McMillan sat down and stopped talking. The officer became concerned and called EMS. By the time they arrived, (McMillan) wasn’t breathing,” Morris said.

Morris said McMillan’s injuries included a laceration on the face, allegedly sustained from a punch, and he had been kick in the abdomen. He was taken to the hospital for severe internal bleeding.

“We are still waiting for the medical examiner to tell us what caused (McMillan’s) death or if the altercation expedited his death any,” he said. “If he had an illness he was suffering, the details of that are not really clear.”

The victim died at OU Medical Center, Morris said. “He was in serious, critical condition from the time he left. He  never was stabilized.”

Hall was booked after officers interviewed witnesses and gathered information, before McMillan’s death.

“It will be up to the medical examiner on the manner of death,” Morris noted.

Stephens County District Court records do not show if Hall has been issued bond or other court proceedings, except for the basic fine and fees which are automatically assessed.

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