SMITHFIELD — Police are consulting with the Johnston County District Attorneys Office to determine whether to upgrade the charges against a man accused of taking part in a bar fight over the weekend after the bouncer at the bar died Tuesday.
Luther Burton Jr., a bouncer at the Hookah House, was taken to WakeMed in Raleigh after being injured in a brawl outside the bar early Saturday morning. Burton, 38, was taken off life support Tuesday afternoon and pronounced dead, according to Kelly Deis, a WakeMed spokeswoman.
Police had charged Trenton Kyle Hensley, 19, with felony assault inflicting serious bodily injury. He was detained near the bar early Saturday morning and is in the Johnston County jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.
Officer Keith Powell of the Smithfield police said the fight began inside the Hookah House and then spilled outside.
Officers were dispatched to the bar at 181 Venture Drive at approximately 2 a.m. and found that a crowd had gathered in the parking lot. When the crowd dispersed, officers found Burton lying on the ground, said Powell.
Officers gave Burton first aid until EMS crews arrived. EMS crews gave Burton CPR, then rushed him to the Johnston Medical Center in Smithfield. Burton was then transported to WakeMed because his injuries were so severe.
According to Powell, it appeared that Burton had been injured in a fist fight. There was no evidence that any weapons were used.
Burton was in critical condition and on life support at WakeMed until Tuesday afternoon.