LSU fans charged with man­slaugh­ter af­ter fight

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PONCHATOULA, LA.

An Alabama fan so badly beaten in a Ponchatoula bar early Sun­day morn­ing that he was placed on life sup­port died Tues­day, ac­cord­ing to Ponchatoula po­lice.

Two ar­rests were made in the death of Robert Bow­ers, 46, po­lice said. The rea­sons for the ar­gu­ment were still un­clear as of late Wed­nes­day.

Azia Crock­ett, 27, and Ryan An­thony, 24, have been charged with one count each of felony man­slaugh­ter and turned them­selves in to po­lice. They were booked into Tangi­pa­hoa Parish Jail.

Bow­ers was taken to Uni­ver­sity Med­i­cal Cen­ter af­ter au­thor­i­ties dis­cov­ered him un­con­scious at the bar.

Ponchatoula Po­lice Chief Bry Layris­son said Wed­nes­day that in­ves­ti­ga­tors were still try­ing to de­ter­mine what led to the fight be­tween the Alabama fan and two LSU fans.

Layris­son said an is­sue in­volv­ing Bow­ers’ niece arose at the bar, and she was ejected by bounc­ers shortly be­fore the phys­i­cal al­ter­ca­tion be­gan.

“She was too in­tox­i­cated that night for us to get her side of the story,” Layris­son said. “Un­til we can talk to the niece, we re­ally won’t know what the ac­tual ar­gu­ment was about.”

The chief said An­thony struck Bow­ers in the head, knock­ing him un­con­scious.

“He went to the ground and Azia Crock­ett punched him mul­ti­ple times, as well,” Layris­son said.

Ear­lier Wed­nes­day, Layris­son said he be­lieved the ar­gu­ment was over the game it­self. Later, he pulled back from that state­ment, say­ing, “For the most part, we have no proof it was the foot­ball game.”

He said wit­nesses from the bar who were in­ter­viewed were not able to say what the ar­gu­ment was about.

Layris­son said the rea­son for book­ing An­thony and Crock­ett with man­slaugh­ter in­stead of mur­der is he can­not prove they in­tended to kill Bow­ers.

Bow­ers lived in Ponchatoula and worked as a RV tech­ni­cian at Kent Mitchell RV sales in Ham­mond, ac­cord­ing to his room­mate, Chuck Pass­man.

Pass­man de­scribed his for­mer room­mate, a big guy who once played semipro­fes­sional foot­ball, as a gen­tle per­son un­likely to start a bar fight.

Bow­ers leaves be­hind a son, daugh­ter and two dogs, Pass­man said.

The Ad­vo­cate

Azia Crock­ett, left, and Ryan An­thony

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