Fugate charged with involuntary manslaughter following Sunday fight at restaurant

Damien Fugate
Posted: Mar. 29, 2019 2:29 pm

A Hannibal restaurant employee is charged with involuntary manslaughter after allegedly fighting with a Texas man who died three days later.

Hannibal police officers responded to Hardee's at 3:38 p.m. Sunday, March 24 for a reported assault. Witnesses told officers Gregory Stanley, 43, of Vidor, Texas, was verbally abusive to employees and patrons of the business. A fight subsequently broke out between Stanley and employee Damien X. Fugate, 33, of Hannibal.

Surveillance video shows Fugate striking Stanley, including two times after Stanley fell to the floor, Hannibal police reported. He was transported to Blessing Hospital for treatment.

Fugate was initially charged with assault and scheduled to appear for a Friday arraignment hearing in Marion County Associate Court. That hearing was continued, and Marion County Prosecuting Attorney Luke Bryant filed an amended Class C felony charge of involuntary manslaughter, according to court records. The felony charge carries a punishment of not less than three years and not to exceed ten years. An attorney from the Public Defender's Office represented Fugate, and the defendant appeared by video from jail.

Fugate remains lodged in the Marion County Jail on a $10,000 cash or surety bond. He is scheduled to appear for arraignment before Marion County Associate Judge John Jackson Friday, April 5.


The Associated Press contributed to this report

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