- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 10, 2016

WINCHENDON, Mass. (AP) - Authorities in Massachusetts say a dispute over a beer led to a fist fight between two friends that ended with one of them dead and the other facing criminal charges.

Police responded to a Winchendon home on Tuesday for reports of a fight and found 32-year-old Donald O’Malley unresponsive. O’Malley was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

Police arrested 49-year-old Thomas Maxwell and charged him with aggravated assault and battery. He was ordered held on $50,000 bail after pleading not guilty at his arraignment Wednesday.

Maxwell’s attorney tells The Telegram & Gazette (https://bit.ly/2b4iOsu ) that O’Malley was the aggressor and that his client acted in self-defense.

A spokesman for the Worcester district attorney says the fight did not involve weapons.

He says an autopsy is scheduled and charges could be upgraded.

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