- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 16, 2017

WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) - An autopsy has determined that a 45-year-old man who died from injuries following a confrontation in the parking lot of a Rhode Island shopping plaza last month died of blunt force trauma to the head.

The Rhode Island Department of Health says resident John Gardiner was killed as a direct result of “multiple trauma to the head.”

Police responding to reports of a disturbance at the Westerly parking lot at about 2:15 a.m. on July 30 found Gardiner unconscious. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Alexander Brown, of Hopkinton, was charged with manslaughter.

Police tell The Westerly Sun (https://bit.ly/2vDYqLv ) the men did not know each other, no weapons were used, and the exchange “only took a few moments.”

Brown’s attorney says his client is a good person.

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Information from: The Westerly Sun, https://www.thewesterlysun.com

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