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Firefighter's Son Facing Manslaughter Charges

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Associated Press Release

PEARL, Miss. (AP) -- A Mississippi man, whose father died after he punched him during a family vacation in Orlando, Fla., is now charged with manslaughter in the death.

Officials with the Orange County, Fla., Sheriff's Department, say 21-year-old Taylor Harris will be picked up sometime next week.

Fifty-two-year-old Leonard Dwayne Harris, a Pearl firefighter, died July 17 at a Jackson, Miss., hospital.

His death came less than 24 hours after being flown back to Mississippi from Florida, where he had been in critical condition at an Orlando hospital since an altercation outside a restaurant on July 7.

Taylor Harris was initially charged with aggravated battery and domestic violence. The charges were upgraded after the elder Harris' death. He had been free on bond. He is being held in the Rankin County jail.


Associated Press Release

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- A Mississippi firefighter whose son critically punched him during a family vacation last week in Florida has died of traumatic head injury.

Hinds County Coroner Sharon Grisham-Stewart tells The Clarion-Ledger (http://on.thec-l.com/111A7kT ) 52-year-old Leonard Dwayne Harris, of Pearl, was pronounced dead at 10:15 a.m. Wednesday at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

His death came less than 24 hours after being flown back to Mississippi from Florida, where he had been in critical condition at Orlando Regional Medical Center since the altercation outside a restaurant on July 7.

His son, 21-year-old Taylor Dwayne Harris, was charged with aggravated battery and domestic violence by the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

A sheriff's department spokeswoman said Taylor Harris' charges likely would be upgraded, but she had no information about when that would happen.

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Information from: The Clarion-Ledger, http://www.clarionledger.com


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