Young man dies after getting punched while trying to protect woman; second suspect arrested
BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - A young man died after he was knocked unconscious while trying to protect a woman outside a club and now a second suspect has been arrested in connection with his death.
The Baton Rouge Police Department identified the victim as Hayes Sellers, 18, of Baton Rouge.
According to an arrest warrant, Jayce Lambert, 20, of Baker, is facing a charge of principal to second-degree murder in connection with the May 8 incident.
Police said they were dispatched to Nebraska Street in reference to an unresponsive man in a parking lot near a nightclub. Officers learned the victim was hit by another man, who left the scene before police arrived.
After investigating, police learned that people were leaving the club and walking to their car when a man, later identified as Lambert, got into an argument with a woman in the parking lot.
Sellers tried to defuse the argument, according to police. They added Lambert turned his aggression towards Sellers.
Arrest records show Lambert continued to try to instigate a fight with Sellers, even though Sellers was not trying to fight and was only trying to protect the woman.
Witnesses said a second man, later identified as 20-year-old Edmond Revelle, got out of his car and approached Sellers, hitting him with a closed fist on the side of the face.
Authorities reported the punch knocked Sellers unconscious and he fell to the ground, hitting his head on the concrete.
Revelle and Lambert left the scene together without trying to help the victim or call police, authorities added.
Hayes Sellers was taken to the hospital in critical condition with bleeding and swelling on the brain, which required immediate surgery.
On May 15, Sellers died as a result of his injuries.
According to officials, an autopsy revealed that his death was a result of the injuries caused by Revelle.
Following Sellers’ death, police upgraded Revelle’s initial arrest charge of second-degree battery to second-degree murder.
Both Lambert and Revelle were booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.
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