Bar death ruled a homicide;
Case forwarded to county attorney

This article submitted by Linda Stelling on 11/15/00.

Upon completion of the medical examiner's exam, the September bar death of a Richmond man has been ruled a homicide.

Investigation reports on the homicide have been forwarded to the Stearns County Attorney's Office for a decision about possible charges.

Stearns County Sheriff Jim Kostreba said the next step is up to the county attorney's office. They can either charge those under investigation with man-slaughter, assault, or murder, or send the case to a grand jury.

On Sept. 4, Robert Dion Northway III, 31, Richmond, died at the Albany Hospital from injuries received in a fight at Doochies Bad Company, a bar in St. Martin.

A preliminary autopsy report from the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's office in September stated there was no evidence of fractures or trauma on the body of Northway. But the final report released last week ruled the cause of death as asphyxia by compression on the throat.

To date, no one has been arrested or charged, Kostreba said.

"There were a lot of people involved in the fight," Kostreba said."Once the report comes back from the county attorney, we will narrow down who will be charged with what."

Northway's brother, Bryan David Northday, was also injured in the incident. "I just can't believe no one was arrested that night," Northway told the St. Cloud Times.

Kostreba anticipates a decision back from the county attorney before the end of the year.

Read the original story about the bar fight.

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