Autopsy rules Longview bar beating death as homicide
Nov. 16, 2012 at 11 p.m.
Results of an autopsy show a Longview man was killed by blunt-force head trauma after being struck multiple times in the face and head during a July fight outside a local bar.
The autopsy on Sean Allan Drake, 39, ruled his death a homicide.
The autopsy was performed by forensic pathologist John A. Stash with the Forensic Medical Management Services of Texas in Tyler. The report was returned to Gregg County Justice of the Peace B.H. Jameson and released Friday.
The July 12 fight broke out in the parking lot of the Lodge Sports Bar & Billiards on McCann Road immediately after closing, about 2 a.m, employees said.
Drake was taken to Good Shepherd Medical Center where he died the next day.
The autopsy revealed the extent of Drake's beating, which included face and head contusions and bleeding in the area between the brain and the thin tissues that cover the brain.
The autopsy also reported Drake went into cardiac arrest following the head trauma.
No suspects have been arrested in connection with the fight. At the time of Drake's death, Longview police spokeswoman Kristie Brian said investigators would wait for the autopsy report before determining if the incident would be classified as a homicide.
After the fight, witnesses said a suspect fled the bar before police arrived.
Brian on Friday said she was unaware of the autopsy results and declined to comment.