Police: Evansville man claims he assaulted another man because he called him racial slur

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – An Evansville man is facing murder charges after police say he assaulted another man in April.

Thirty-three-year-old DeMarco Thomas is facing several charges including murder and robbery.

The incident happened at Kennedy Tower on SE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.

Thomas was arrested on April 26th after police say he assaulted Patrick Bryant.

According to the affidavit, detectives found Bryant with serious facial and head injuries. He was gasping for air, unconscious and not responding to detectives.

There was blood splattered on the walls and floor near Bryant.

Detectives say Bryant’s pants were down to his knees, and he appeared to have an injury to his genitalia.

Earlier that day, detectives say Thomas assaulted two female residents in the hallway at the same apartment complex.

A police affidavit says Thomas admitted to knocking Bryant down and kicking him several times. 

Thomas claims he attacked Bryant for calling him a racial slur and kicked him in the genitalia because he was a child molester.

Bryant was taken to Deaconess Midtown, where he later died. 

Thomas was in court Wednesday, where he was appointed a public defender. He’s scheduled to be back in court august 12th.

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(This story was originally published on June 5, 2019)

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