Charges Increased in Beating Death Case

3:59 PM, Oct 22, 2010   |    comments
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A Macon man died Wednesday, more than a week after he was hurt in a fight. That's according to Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones.

Jones says 22-year-old Roy Howard, of Lions Drive, never regained consciousness after the fight on Oct. 11 at Parkview Apartments on Lions Place.

According the Macon Police Department, 37-year-old Gregory Rice was originally arrested for aggravated battery against Howard.

After reviewing the autopsy results, police say they are upgrading those charges to involuntary manslaughter.

Police say the charges are being upgraded because of Howard's death.

They say Howard suffered severe head trauma after being struck by Rice.

"I dont know why anybody would want to hurt my child," says Howard's mother, Yvette Wimberly.

"Now he's gone. That's my only son, my only son," she says.

Family and friends say Howard wasn't a fighter.

"He wouldn't have hurt no one," says Wimberly.

Howard's sister, 32-year-old Erica Brown, says she'll never forget the day he was beaten.

"I seen his eyes roll to the back of his head, and I asked, I said, 'Is he conscious?' and the paramedic said, 'No.'"

But he stayed at the hospital for a little over a week with brain injuries.

"He had a fiancee, he had a sister, and now he's gone," says Wimberly.

The family says, they shut off the ventilator the day after his 22nd birthday.

Wimberly says they're still full of questions.

"We just need to know why. We need to know why."

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