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Man charged with homicide in Great Falls

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The person that Darionn Tyler Douglas is accused of assaulting earlier this week was declared legally dead last week. The person that Darionn Tyler Douglas is accused of assaulting earlier this week was declared legally dead last week.

GREAT FALLS - A man has been charged with deliberate homicide, or alternatively negligent homicide, in Great Falls.

The person that Darionn Tyler Douglas is accused of assaulting earlier this week was declared legally dead on Thursday; he had been deemed brain-dead on Wednesday. The name of the victim has not been released.

If Douglas is found guilty, the jury will decide which of the two charges - deliberate or negligent homicide - is more appropriate.

According to court documents, Douglas told police officers that he and the other man had been drinking and began arguing, which end in a mutual challenge to fight.

Douglas was initially charged with aggravated assault on Wednesday for the assault.

The incident happened at a residence near the intersection of 7th Avenue South and 12th Street, near Longfellow Elementary School.

Court documents state that when police officers arrived, emergency medical personnel were "working on a male who appeared to be in serious distress."

Officers talked with Douglas, who said that he had been in a fight with the man who was now unconscious. Officers noted that Douglas had an injury to his nose and a chipped tooth.

Douglas told police that he and the other man had been drinking and began arguing, which "evolved into a mutual challenge to fight." Douglas said that the other man hit him first, breaking his nose and chipping his tooth.

Douglas said that he then kicked the victim in the face, knocking him out.According to court documents, Douglas told police that he then "repeatedly punched, elbowed, and kneed (the victim) in the face."

Douglas made his initial court appearance on Friday. The judge set bond on the murder charge at $250,000, which is concurrent with the $75,000 bond for the previous assault charge.

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