Police have arrested a man who punched another during an argument on 6th Avenue on August 3, 2013 leading to the victim’s death, according to the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office.
Charles Peeples, 40, Paterson resident, was in the area of East 24th Street and 6th Avenue, on Saturday, August 3rd, 2013, at around 8 p.m. when he involved himself into a heated verbal dispute with Michael Davis, 46, a city resident, which ended with the former punching the latter in the face leaving him hospitalized. “During the alleged altercation, the defendant struck Davis in the face with his fist rendering him unconscious,” according to the prosecutor’s office.
Davis was taken to St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center for treatment — seven days later he was pronounced dead at the hospital. The “victim was hospitalized and subsequently succumbed to his injuries on August 10, 2013,” reads a statement from authorities.
After a complaint was brought against Peeples on August 12th, 2013, he went to the Paterson Police Department, and surrendered with his lawyer by his side, after almost two weeks. On August 23, 2013, police officers arrested Peeples.
Authorities have charged Peeples with Second Degree Manslaughter; if convicted he faces ten years in state prison. “The sentencing for the alleged crime of Second Degree Manslaughter ranges from five years to ten years in New Jersey State Prison, with the defendant having to serve 85% of his term before becoming eligible for parole,” according to the prosecutor’s office.
A judge has set Peeples’ bail at “$200,000 cash, with no contact with the victim’s family and a bail source hearing is required.”