Bond reduced for suspect in fatal King Street 'sucker-punch'

Bond reduced for suspect in fatal King Street 'sucker-punch'

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Bond was reduced Thursday for a man accused of throwing a deadly "sucker-punch" following an altercation on King Street in April.

A judge slashed 24-year-old Dalton Ellis Clarke's bond from $500,000 to $150,000 and ordered that he be placed on house arrest at his mother's home once the bond is posted. Clarke was not present at Thursday's preliminary hearing.

Judge Gosnell began the hearing saying, "There will be no winners, we all lost. The community lost on this day."

Police say Clarke "sucker-punched" 27-year-old Clint Seymour on April 26 after a verbal confrontation broke out between two groups of men on King Street shortly before 2 a.m.

A report states Seymour fell to the ground, hitting his head on the pavement. Seymour was in a coma for two days before dying as a result of his injuries on April 28.

At Thursday's hearing, a detective on the stand said there were six witnesses who say they saw Clarke punch Seymour, or heard him admit he did it at a later time.

Police say that while video from a street camera at King and Morris Streets did not catch the actual punch, Clarke was spotted sprinting from the opposite side of the street to where Seymour was apparently standing.

Seymour's father was in court Thursday, asking the judge to keep Clarke behind bars.

Investigators initially arrested Peter Dudinyak in the case, but his charges were dismissed based on additional evidence including surveillance video and other statements given by witnesses.


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