Hamilton Journal News

Victim ID’d, police expect to file murder charge in fatal bar fight

- By Rick McCrabb Staff Writer

Middletown police are expected to file a murder charge against a Middletown man after the victim he allegedly kicked and punched in a bar last week died.

Phillip Taulbee, 56, died Friday night at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton after being transferre­d from Atrium Medical Center, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office. An autopsy was performed Saturday, but the cause and manner of death have been released.

Butler County Prosecutor Michael Gmoser said he read the coroner’s report and an additional charge is expected to be forthcomin­g by the Middletown Division of Police or a Butler County grand jury.

Detective Ryan Morgan said he expected to file a murder charge soon against Brian Ingram, 51, of Middletown. He originally was charged with felonious assault after he allegedly punched and kicked Taulbee on Thursday night in a Middletown bar.

Ingram was located by Middletown police Thursday night, arrested and charged, according to police.

A Middletown man, Phillip Taulbee, died Friday night at Miami Valley Hospital, a day after he was punched and kicked during a fight inside Billy T’s Bar.

Middletown Municipal Court Judge James Sherron set Ingram’s bond at $250,000 during Friday’s arraignmen­t. Ingram’s preliminar­y hearing is scheduled for Friday, according to court records.

Phillip Taulbee

Police were called to Billy T’s, 4304 Tytus Ave., at 8 p.m. Thursday for a bar fight. Officers found a victim had been severely assaulted.

In a 911 call to police, a woman said a man was “knocked out” and lying in the ground.

“His head hit the concrete hard,” she told a dispatcher. She said the man was breathing.

She said the alleged

assailant was seen leaving in a red truck.

Police said a video of the fight won’t be released until the investigat­ion is complete. Anyone with informatio­n is asked to call Morgan at 513425-7735.

Staff writer Lauren Pack contribute­d to this report.

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