Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Man dies 2 days after fight at Hampton home


New Hampshire Union Leader Correspondent
12 hours, 26 minutes ago

Hampton – What began as a fight Saturday night between two men over a woman ended with one man suffering injuries that would prove fatal and another behind bars, police said yesterday.

Police said Joshua Egbert, 33, was at his 8A Brown Ave. home before 9 Saturday night when he and his friend, David Herrick, 38, began to fight over Egbert's girlfriend.

Herrick was charged with first-degree assault yesterday, but the state Attorney General's Office is working with local police on the assault investigation and charges against Herrick could be upgraded.

Herrick told police that Egbert became belligerent, started breaking things, punched him in the face and then threatened him with a piece of broken glass, according to an arrest affidavit. Herrick said he fought back in self-defense.

"I punched him as hard as I could with everything I had and I didn't stop until he was not moving anymore," Herrick told police, according to an affidavit that said the pair were "heavy into drinking" when the fight broke out.

Egbert was taken to Exeter Hospital and later transported to Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston with a brain injury. Last night, a hospital official confirmed he had died.

Herrick was arrested after the fight when he voluntarily told police about what happened and went to the station with them. He was held on $500,000 cash or bond during his arraignment on the first-degree assault charge yesterday at Hampton District Court in Seabrook.

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