Man charged with manslaughter following victim’s death from Tuscaloosa bar fight

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — Update (9/13): The man charged with third-degree assault in a bar fight in Tuscaloosa has had his charges upgraded after the other man in the fight died due to his injuries.

Ryan Gunning, 23, was charged with third-degree assault at the time of the fight. 26-year-old Brentson Skidmore died from his injuries after the fight.

Gunning’s charges have been upgraded to manslaughter and has been taken back into custody on a $30,000 bond.

Hunter Brown, Gunning’s attorney spoke media regarding the upgraded charges:

“This is a tragedy, and our hearts go out to the family of Brentson Skidmore. However, there are many facts that are still unknown at this time regarding the events of that night. Mr. Gunning looks forward to having his day in court to show his actions that night were justified,” Brown said.

No other information has been released at this time. Stay with CBS 42 as this is an ongoing story.


Original (9/13): A city councilman is now calling for more security for bars and nightclubs after a man is assaulted and later died.

Those who knew and loved 26-year-old Brentson Skidmore are heartbroken after learning he passed away. Rachel Scott was a close friend who says he will always be in her heart.

“He brought light and life to anyone he knew. And I really feel like this town has lost a pillar its just a complete tragedy. He was a wonderful person,” Scott said.

Authorities said that two weeks ago, Brentson Skidmore was attacked and punched in his face knocking his unconscious. The alleged attack happened in front of the Filling Station bar in Tuscaloosa. Ryan Gunning, 23, was charged with third-degree assault but was later released on bond.

City Councilman Kip Tyner is calling it a tragedy and wants changes made.

“I think it’s tragic and senseless, I am not saying that would have stopped it from escalating but I believe that places that sell alcohol are going to have to step up and have their own security that stands right outside the door,” Tyner said.

Rachel Scott is still processing the fact her friend and buddy is gone.

“That joy that he brought and you could not be sad around Brentson,” Scott said. “He could say something and make you laugh and he lit up a room. And I pray for his family.”

CBS 42 has learned that the victim’s organs will be donated. Charges against the suspect could be upgraded.

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