UPDATE: Athens Man Dies After Beating

By: Allison Rhea Email
By: Allison Rhea Email

UPDATE: 5/4/12 3:00PM

Harley Pruitt, the victim of a vicious beating, died Friday afternoon in a Columbus hospital.

Deputies arrested Gary Wooten earlier this week and charged him with felonious assault.

That charge has been changed to murder.

Wooten is being held on a $50,000 bond at the Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail.

Sheriff's officials say witnesses told them it all went down at a Chauncey home.

They said after Pruitt and Wooten exchanged words, the situation escalated into a fist fight.

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An Athens County man is beaten until he's unconscious.

Athens County Sheriff Pat Kelly says deputies responded to an assault at a home in Chauncey, Wednesday.

That's where they found 20-year old Harley Pruitt unconscious and not breathing.

Pruitt was flown to a Columbus hospital.

He's in critical condition.

Deputies arrested Gary Wooten, Wednesday night.

He faces a felonious assault charge.

He's at the Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail.


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  • by lee on May 6, 2012 at 08:38 AM
    A prayer goes out to the victim's family. Why don't bystanders intervene during these happenings?
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