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Deputies: Man charged with manslaughter after Upstate cookout turns deadly

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Allen Benjamin Osheilds (Source: NCDC) Allen Benjamin Osheilds (Source: NCDC)
PROSPERITY, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The Newberry County Sheriff's Office said an altercation between two men left one dead another charged with voluntary manslaughter.

Deputies said that on November 5 around 7:30 p.m., EMS responded to a residence on Williams Wood Drive in Prosperity. Upon arrival on the scene, reports say first responders discovered 40-year-old William Bart Hazen of Prosperity unconscious on the ground. Law enforcement did not initially respond to the scene of the incident.

According to reports, Hazen was transported to Palmetto Richland hospital, where he later passed on November 7 from his injuries.

Reports say that when Newberry County coroner Craig Newton was contacted by the hospital for an organ donation order from the victim, he found that Hazen's injuries were inconsistent with a fall.

Coroner Newton and the Newberry County Sheriff's Office then launched a joint death investigation into the incident. During the investigation, reports say officials learned that Hazen and another man had been drinking during the day at a cookout when they got into an argument that turned physical. Reports said that when the other man struck Hazen in the face, Hazen took a fall that caused a skull fracture and the bleeding on the brain that ultimately resulted in his death.

Wednesday morning, 42-year-old Allen Benjamin Osheilds of Bethel Church Road in Prosperity surrendered himself at the Newberry County Sheriff's Office and was charged with voluntary manslaughter in the death of William Bart Hazen. His bond was set at $30,000 and he posted bond later that afternoon.

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