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Battle Ground man indicted on manslaughter charges after fatal fight

By , Columbian Small Cities Reporter

A Battle Ground man was indicted on charges of manslaughter and second-degree assault this week after a fatal confrontation at Portland International Raceway last month.

A Multnomah County grand jury indicted Michael Eugene Taylor, 50, on Tuesday in connection with the death of Anthony Mancuso, 61, of Portland. An autopsy confirmed that Mancuso died after suffering blunt force head trauma at a motocross event on July 9.

Taylor was arrested at the scene after allegedly punching Mancuso in the face in a fight between two families at the race track.

Emergency responders rushed Mancuso to a Portland hospital, where he died later. The impact of Mancuso’s head hitting the ground struck the fatal blow, according to the Oregon medical examiner’s office.

Taylor was originally charged with fourth-degree assault, but the charge was dismissed after Mancuso’s death. Police expect Taylor to turn himself in next week, and they do not believe he poses any risk to the public.

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