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August 15, 2002

A fist fight turned deadly in South Georgia. Bainbridge Public Safety Investigator David Kirkland says, "He turned himself in on Wednesday morning at Decatur County Sheriff's Department." Investigators arrest a man for causing another man's death during a fight.

The men got into an argument two weeks ago in a Bainbridge neighborhood. One man got hit in the head and later died in his apartment.

34-year-old Charlie James Fountain of Bainbridge is charged with involuntary manslaughter. 54-year-old Melvin Burke died after a fight with Fountain at the intersection of Cemetery Street and Helen Street. Burke's body was found a day later in his home.

Investigators say Fountain didn't mean to kill Burke. Kirkland explains, "His intention was not to murder the victim. He basically hit the victim and the injuries that resulted from the punch resulted in the victim's death. Thus, the intent was not there, so Involuntary Manslaughter would be the proper charge."

Neighbors say they saw Burke with a head wound and asked him if he needed help, he told them no. Fountain already served two years in jail for a 1998 robbery.