(OVID TOWNSHIP) – After further investigation, charges have been filed in the June 2018 death of an Ovid Township man.
In a media release, Branch County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Zachary Stempien says 41 year old Chad Danbury of Coldwater was arrested and booked into the Branch County Jail on Sunday in relation to the death of 36 year old Gregory Morrison. Danbury is charged with second degree murder and assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder.
On June 3, 2018, Michigan State Police were called to a home in the 400 block of Morning Glory Lane at 12:25 AM to investigate an assault. Troopers arrived and found Morrison unconscious. They performed CPR but were not able to revive him.
During their initial investigation, troopers determined that Morrison and Danbury had gotten into a fight and Morrison had reportedly been choked. It was also determined the two men had been drinking and Morrison's blood alcohol level was .24.
Medical Examiner Dr. Troy Davis said at the time Morrison's death was due to asphyxiation due to neck compression. Then Branch County Prosecutor Ralph Kimble declined to pursue charges, saying after the investigation they could not find any criminal intent on Danbury's part.
Stempien says the charges against Danbury came after further investigation by the State Police.
Danbury was released from Jail after posting a $250,000 bond.
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