Rising basketball star beat to death, teen charged with manslaughter
A star basketball player at Dallas’ Wilmer Hutchins High School was beat to death.
Troy Causey was killed during what police say a fight that started over a video game. A Dallas County grand jury indicted 19-year-old Jonathan Tramaine Turner for manslaughter in connection to the beating.
“There’s a pain that feels like someone is drilling a hole in your stomach,” said Causey’s mother Tammy Simpson. That’s how Simpson felt Monday when she found out the person charged for killing her son will not face murder, but indicted for a lesser charge of manslaughter.
“When they said that I just sank,” said Simpson. “I felt it in the pit of my stomach. I was trying so hard to keep a brave face, but I couldn’t hold it.” Simpson says it took her back to the day in March when her 18-year-old son was beaten so badly that he died.
The altercation occurred at the residence where both Turner and Causey lived. According to the arrest warrant affidavit, an argument over a video game between the two teens escalated into a fatal beating. Causey fell to the ground after being struck by Turner, where he hit his head on the concrete.
The teen slipped into a coma and never regained consciousness. Detectives concluded that Turner’s account , as well as that of three witnesses, was not consistent with autopsy results that showed a 4-inch skull fracture about Causey’s left ear.
“This kind of skull fracture could not have been caused by the complainant striking the ground, but from blunt force trauma, according to the Dallas County Medical Examiner, Dr. Ventura, M.D.,” officials said in an arrest warrant affidavit.
Following the autopsy, an individual came forward and said Turner confessed to kicking Causey in the head while he was on the ground. The individual was not present at the fight, but also stated that Turner mention a second person who also kicked Causey in the head.
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