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Fatal Bar Fight Leads to Manslaughter Charges for St. Pete Man


A game of pool at a St. Petersburg bar last week ended with one player dead and the other facing manslaughter charges.

According to St. Petersburg police, Vincent Hollingsworth and Mario Renard Stephens were playing pool at a Bayview bar on the evening of April 9 when the duo came to blows. The 62-year-old Hollingsworth allegedly struck the 32-year-old Stephens several times in the face with a cue ball.

Authorities say that the bar's bouncers broke up the fight and split up the combatants, but they allege that Stephens subsequently approached Hollingsworth from the rear and struck him in the head with a beer bottle. They say the bouncers again intervened, but they were unable to prevent Stephens from continuing to striking Hollingsworth with both a beer bottle and his fists.

Police say the fight went from mêlée to manslaughter when Hollingsworth struck his head on a pool table. Paramedics arrived at the scene and transported him to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg, but the injuries proved too severe, causing Hollingsworth to expire at half past midnight the next morning.

Stephens left the area in a vehicle after the fight broke up but was soon located by police and arrested. He was booked into the Pinellas County Jail later that morning and charged with one count of manslaughter. Stephens was released after posting a $50,000 bond.

The Law Offices of Bjorn Brunvand have been representing people charged with capital murder, felony drug charges, drunk driving, government fraud, and white-collar crimes for over a quarter century. Contact our office today to discuss your Tampa Bay-area state or federal charges.

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