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Prosecutors Now Say They Will Present Beating Case To Grand Jury
Reported by: Elizabeth Norieka
Videographer: Akash Vaghela
Web Producer: Elizabeth Norieka
Reported: Aug. 21, 2012 5:11 PM EDT
Updated: Aug. 24, 2012 9:10 PM EDT
South Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
A closed case in a fatal fight is now open once again.
Kanawha County prosecutors said previously they know the person involved but were not filing any charges in the death of former Alcohol and Beverage Commissioner Robert Adkins. After further review, however, they now have decided to take the case to the grand jury.
Earlier this week, Adkins’ family members told Eyewitness News that they are upset and want someone to be held accountable. The beating happened St. Patrick’s Day along Seventh Avenue in South Charleston.
Police found the man responsible for a brutal beating in South Charleston that killed a man, but no charges are going to be filed.
The death certificate for former Alcohol and Beverage Commissioner Robert Adkins lists homicide as the cause of death, but Kanawha County prosecutors are not filing any charges.
Adkins’ family members say they are upset and want someone to be held accountable.
The beating happened St. Patricks Day along Seventh Avenue in South Charleston.
Police said Adkins was flirting with another man's girlfriend and said he grabbed the woman's arm several times, even after being asked to stop. The men then got into a fight. Thirteen days later, Adkins died.
For months, South Charleston police officers searched for the man responsible, but once they found him, Kanawha County prosecutors decided to drop the case.
Assistant Prosecutor Daniel Holstein said the incident is tragic, but he believes that if someone else was in the same situation as the "suspect," he would have done the same thing. While some may question the morals behind the man's decision to hit Adkins, he said, the intention was never to kill him.
Holstein added that that he can't say the action was not justified.
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