Friday, August 31, 2001

Bar fight fatal

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        ELMWOOD PLACE — A man injured in a fight outside an Elmwood Place bar early Thursday died 12 hours later at University Hospital.

        Jeff Wesley, 42, no address available, was pronounced dead at 2:30 p.m., a nursing supervisor said.

        An exchange of words outside Vince's New Center Cafe in the 6200 block of Vine Street apparently led to a punch that knocked down Mr. Wesley about 2:40 a.m., Police Chief Sean McCormick said. The victim spent much of the day in surgery, the chief said.

        "It's just a tragic situation,” Chief McCormick said.

        Police arrested Brian Lapple, 27, who told police he was homeless, and charged him with felonious assault. Additional charges are possible as a result of Mr. Wesley's death.

        Officers responded to call of a possible fight and found the unconscious victim — who was bleeding from his ears and mouth — lying near the curb, police said. Mr. Lapple was apprehended nearby about 10 minutes later.


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