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Murder Charges Filed in Pasco Man's Death

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PASCO, Wash. - We've been following the story of a Pasco man who had a fight with another man, then suffered a heart attack and died. Franklin County prosecutors are now charging the other man with murder.

It hasn't always been this way, but right now the state law says if you assault someone and they die, you're responsible for their death.

That's why prosecutors are charging 60-year-old Charles Harper with second degree murder or 1st degree manslaughter, prosecutors said they intend to give jurors the option.

When Harper allegedly attacked 65-year-old Cleveland Everhart Sunday night at 132 Hugo Avenue, the Franklin County Coroner said 95 percent of Everhart's major arteries were clogged. And he probably could've easily died walking up the stairs. But prosecutors said that doesn't matter.

"If someone's fragile and you assault them and they die as a result, you're held accountable for their death and rightly you should be if Mr. Harper is convicted of this crime," said Steve Lowe, Franklin County Prosecutor.    

Prosecutors are also charging Harper with second degree assault for allegedly attacking Virginia Williams as well, a woman who witnessed the fight. Harper will have a chance to make his plea in court next Tuesday morning.

If convicted on either of the charges, Harper could face life in prison.