Man Taken Into Custody for Involuntary Homicide in the Death of an Older Transient Man Last Fall
On the night of September 8, 2015 at 8:08 p.m., Eureka Police officers found Thomas bleeding and unconscious near the Humboldt County Courthouse. Reports from the scene indicated that he had been involved in an altercation. Although Thomas was rushed to the hospital, he later succumbed to his injuries, says a Eureka Police Department press release. (See below.)Officers reviewed security tape from the nearby Courthouse Market and conducted an investigation. Yesterday Johnson was arrested. He is also charged with other unrelated crimes.
This is a press release from the Eureka Police Department. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:
On 09/08/15 at about 8:08 p.m., officers with the Eureka Police Department responded to a parking lot on the 900 block of 4th St. for the report of a physical altercation. The caller reported that he was involved and that the victim, Terry Lee Thomas, was lying on the ground unresponsive.
Officers found Thomas lying on the ground, unconscious and bleeding from the head and face. Thomas was transported by ambulance to the hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.
On 03/24/16, after a thorough investigation into the incident, Nathan Layton Johnson, 24 of Eureka, was taken into custody and charged with involuntary manslaughter. He was also charged with unrelated charges of domestic battery and vandalism. Johnson is currently in custody at the Humboldt County Correctional Facility awaiting trial.
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