A man was arrested Sunday in connection with the Jan. 31 Outlaws Saloon brawl that fatally wounded 23-year-old Marquis Brown of Phenix City, according to Columbus police.
James Eric Perkins, 48, was being held in Henry County Jail on an unrelated contempt charge when Columbus police arrested him at 3 p.m. Sunday on an outstanding involuntary manslaughter warrant accusing him of killing Brown “without intent do so, but while in the commission of an unlawful act (bar fight),” authorities said in a report. He was booked into Muscogee County Jail under $25,000 bond.
Perkins is scheduled to appeared in Columbus Recorder’s Court at 8 a.m. Tuesday.
Authorities said they found Brown unconscious when they responded to the Jan. 31 altercation that occurred in the parking lot outside of the 6499 Veterans Parkway business around 3 a.m. He was transported to Columbus Midtown Medical, where he was pronounced dead of blunt-force trauma later that day at 8 a.m., according to the Muscogee County Coroner’s Office.
Columbus Police Maj. Gil Slouchick said at least 40 people witnessed the incident, but a detailed account of the events that led to Brown’s death hasn’t been released yet.