6:28 PM EDT, May 27, 2011
A 48-year-old Hagerstown man critically injured in a fight Tuesday night in Rocky Glen mobile-home community near Spring Mills has died, the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office said Friday.
Keith Douglas, whom the sheriff's office had said was declared brain dead after the fight, died late Thursday evening, Berkeley County Sheriff's Deputy Lt. Gary Harmison said.
Douglas was being kept alive with life-support equipment at Winchester (Va.) Medical Center, where he was taken after an alleged altercation with Troy Michael Butts of Appomattox Drive in Rocky Glen, according to police and court documents.
Butts, 30, is charged with two felony counts of malicious wounding, the documents said.
Following Douglas’ death, the charges against Butts "will now be upgraded," Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Games-Neely said Friday, although she would not elaborate on the nature of those charges.
Joseph Carter of Hagerstown was treated at Winchester Medical Center for a possible broken nose that he suffered in the altercation with Butts, according to a complaint filed by Harmison in magistrate court.
The altercation at 250 Appomattox Drive was said to have stemmed from allegations that Butts had stolen money from the two men, according to court documents.
Butts told police that he knocked out Douglas and Carter after they confronted him, the documents said. The defendant struck Douglas twice in the trailer and then again outside as he was getting into a vehicle, knocking him to the ground, the documents said.
— Matthew Umstead
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