Ride operator charged with murder in brawl at Indiana fair

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Zachariah Konkle

BROWNSTOWN, Ind. (AP) — Authorities say a ride operator at a southern Indiana county’s fair has been charged with murder following the death of a man who fell unconscious during a closing time brawl.

Prosecutors say 32-year-old Zachariah Konkle allegedly rendered Michael Steele unconscious while pinning him to the ground during the July 27 fight at the Jackson County Fair.

Steele died Saturday in a hospital.

An autopsy found Steele’s death to be a homicide by asphyxiation.

The Indianapolis Star reports that his death prompted prosecutors to elevate Konkle’s initial strangulation charge to a murder charge.

Konkle is being held without bond at the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown.

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