Suspect in bar fight appears in court

Matthew Kaylor (Source: Kenton County Detention Center)
Matthew Kaylor (Source: Kenton County Detention Center)

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COVINGTON, KY (FOX19) - The suspect who is accused of a fatal bar fight appeared in court Tuesday for a pretrial hearing.

Matthew Kaylor is charged with manslaughter for the death of Patrick McGrath. Police say McGrath died after a fight at Dickmann's Sports Cafe in Fort Wright.

However, testimony on Tuesday revealed that there may not really have been a fight at all, according to witnesses.

Fort Wright Det. Travis Brown told the court that Kaylor admitted to punching McGrath and McGrath was still alive when police found him in the Dickmann's parking lot. Brown testified that a "sucker punch" would be "an accurate conclusion."

"The staff at the hospital told me he was going to die later that day, and I was there at 1:30 that afternoon when he in fact did die," said Det. Brown.

The coroner's office says McGrath died of a skull fracture and his brain being compressed on to his spine.

"We're still reeling from our void it's just really tough, and it's going to be a long time, a long time dealing with it," said McGrath's mother, who was in court Tuesday for the hearing. "His brother's birthday was Sunday and we're a close family and he was such and integral part of it."

Kaylor's bond remains at $25,000.

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