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DA's Office recuses itself from manslaughter case

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Posted: Jul 25, 2012 6:28 PM by Michael Shingleton, Russell Jones
Updated: Jul 25, 2012 6:28 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Manslaughter, Albert, Hart, Chris, Dimattia, Jeryet, Bourg, Baton, Rouge, Rugby, death, investigation, Police, Michael, Shingleton

BATON ROUGE - Police arrested a man from Mandeville and charged him with manslaughter after a fight in Baton Rouge where the victim later died.

Cpl. Tommy Stubbs said Baton Rouge Police arrested Jeryet Bourg, 26, in suspicion of manslaughter in connection with the death of Christopher Dimattia, 36, this weekend at 532 Albert Hart Drive.

Investigators said Bourg and Dimattia got into a fight at a party around 3:00 a.m. Sunday, and Bourg shoved Dimattia over. Dimattia hit his head on the concrete and lost consciousness, so witnesses to the fight took him inside the home and put him in a chair to sleep it off.

Investigators said more than 12 hours later witnesses went back to check on Dimattia, and found he was dead. An autopsy showed he died from skull fractures and head trauma from the fall onto the concrete.

District Attorney Hillar Moore said, "I've decided to recuse our office from any participation in this case due to my friendship with the homeowner who was not present at the time of the incident." Moore went on to say, "In an abundance of caution, it's best if I stay out of it."

According to the Baton Rouge Rugby Club's website, Bourg and Dimattia were teammates. Baton Rouge Police have ruled out any kind of rugby hazing.

Sources said there was a going away party for one of the rugby players Saturday night which rolled into early Sunday morning.

Bourg was booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison around 2pm Wednesday. No bond has been set.

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