- Associated Press - Thursday, November 6, 2014

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - A 20-year-old man involved in a Halloween night fight that resulted in the death of a University of Wyoming student has been released on a $100,000 signature bail bond.

Dalton Williams, of Casper, is charged with second-degree murder or manslaughter in the alternative.

Murder in the second degree carries a penalty of 20 years to life imprisonment, while manslaughter carries a maximum penalty of 20 years imprisonment, the Laramie Boomerang reported (https://bit.ly/1x9rVxh) Thursday.

Joe McGowan, 21, of Lander, was trying to break up a fight involving Williams and others when he was struck and fell, hitting his head on the street, according to witness accounts in the police affidavit.

McGowan died Saturday after being airlifted to a Colorado hospital.

Williams told police he struck McGowan with his right hand in the head and saw him fall, according to the affidavit.

He also told police “he shouldn’t have hit him but just reacted to McGowan walking toward them,” it said.

Williams is scheduled to appear for his preliminary hearing in Circuit Court next Wednesday.

McGowan was the youngest son of Wyoming Press Association President and Lander Journal Publisher Anne McGowan and her husband, Kevin, according to a statement issued by the WPA.

In a separate incident that same night in Laramie, UW police arrested an 18-year-old Cheyenne high school student in connection with an assault that left a student hospitalized with traumatic head injuries.

Isaac Garcia faces charges of aggravated assault and battery in the incident at an off-campus residence that injured 20-year-old Luke McConville, of Casper, according to a UW news release.

McConville, who was airlifted to Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland the night of the incident, has shown improvement and was moved from intensive care, according to UW.

One witness told police “that Garcia was never provoked and that he struck a defenseless McConville in the side of the head and McConville fell down and hit his head on the concrete,” according to the police affidavit.

Garcia remains in custody at the Albany County Detention Center.

Police are investigating two other suspects involved in the altercation.

Alcohol was a factor in both fights, according to police reports.


Information from: Laramie Boomerang, https://www.laramieboomerang.com

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