- Associated Press - Monday, July 7, 2014

SHARPSVILLE, Pa. (AP) - A drunken man killed his friend during a fight after the friend offered the suspect a ride home from a social club, police said.

Fred Earl Abbott, 36, of Sharpsville, faces a preliminary hearing July 11 on charges of involuntary manslaughter, simple assault and public drunkenness, The (Sharon) Herald (https://bit.ly/VznfDe ) reported.

Abbott told police he began drinking “early” on July 4 and had about a dozen beers before driving to the local American Legion about 3:30 p.m. Once there, Abbott told police he had three or four more beers before the bartender shut him off.

Several people offered to drive Abbott home, including 50-year-old Charles Frederick, who recently had heart surgery. Instead, Abbott fought with Frederick and kneed him in the abdomen, causing his death, police said.

“Two friends, one had too much to drink on a holiday,” Sharpsville police Chief Keith Falasco said. “The other trying to get him home and that’s what it turned into.”

Abbott acknowledged kneeing his friend but told police he was “joking around.” Witnesses told police Abbott was calling Frederick names and refused to get in his car before kneeing the victim.

When police arrived about 8:30 p.m., they found Frederick unresponsive, without a pulse, and bleeding from his nose and mouth. Medical officials told police Frederick may have had complications from his heart surgery.

The Mercer County coroner’s office on Monday did not immediately return a call seeking autopsy results, but Falasco said investigators were “sure this is what happened. The charges could change pending autopsy, but I don’t think there will be any surprises.”

Abbott remained in the Mercer County Jail on Monday. Online court records do not list an attorney for him.


Information from: The Herald, https://www.sharon-herald.com

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