A Battle Ground man accused of killing another man in a fight at Portland International Raceway turned himself in to police Sunday night before pleading not guilty in court.
Michael Eugene Taylor, 50, appeared Monday in Multnomah County Circuit Court on charges of second-degree manslaughter and second-degree assault. The charges stem from a confrontation in July between Taylor and Anthony Mancuso, 61, of Portland, at a motocross race that involved their sons.
Mancuso died after Taylor allegedly punched the man, causing Mancuso to fall to the ground and hit his head on the pavement. The Oregon medical examiner’s office determined Mancuso died from blunt force head trauma after hitting his head on the ground.
Police arrested Taylor at the scene after the confrontation. They initially accused him of fourth-degree assault before heightening the charges.
Taylor’s bail has been set at $500,000.