Woman, 20, fatally beats a man who recently had brain surgery; 2 charged more

Jeffery Howell (left) was killed after an altercation last Saturday in the West of the Pearl River, Louisiana, police said. Blaine Manalle (right) was charged with the second degree murder.


A Louisiana woman was indicted Monday for allegedly beating death of a man who was recovering from brain surgery.

Blaine Manalle, 20, was arrested and charged with second-degree murder in the beating death of Jeffrey Howell. She is one of the three people arrested after a brawl broke out on a sand bar along the West Pearl River in Louisiana on Saturday, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office said.

Howell was the river just after 5:30 p.m. when a fight broke out between two large groups. Police have not released the motive for the fatal assault, but friends and family of Howell told FOX8 the 46-year-old tried to prevent a group of people from throwing bottles in the river.

Jeffery Howell, 46, had recently undergone surgery for the removal of a brain tumor, family members said.


“He sat in our living room Friday night, and the next minute he’s gone,” Howell’s neighbor, Kathy Maillet, told FOX8. “From what we heard they were throwing bottles in the river, and they were told to stop throwing bottles. This is a danger.”

Manalle, 20, was arrested and charged with second-degree murder.

(St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office)

Howell died from blunt force trauma to the head after he was struck in the vicinity of the scar, where he had a surgery to remove a brain tumor three weeks. Friends said Howell still had staples in his head at the time of the incident.

“If you cup your hand behind your left ear, that is where the incision was, and that is where the bone was removed,” St. Tammany Coroner Dr. Charles Preston told FOX8.

The police also arrested Cameron Alphonso, 21, and Alden Kindergran, 22, on Sunday. Alphonso was initially charged with manslaughter, but the charges were upgraded to second-degree murder after officials spoke with witnesses.

Cameron Alphonso, 21, (left) and Alden Kindergran, 22, (right) were also arrested and charged in connection with the deadly beating.

(St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office)

Kindergran was charged with disturbing the peace and released Sunday on $750 bond.

The police said that detectives are still interviewing witnesses in the incident that could lead to more information and possible arrests. More than 40 people have been interviewed as of Monday.

Katherine Lam is a breaking and trending news digital producer for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter via @bykatherinelam

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