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.