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Judge sets bond for man accused in death at strip club

Stiletto's Gentleman's club on Pittsburg Avenue (Source: Live 5 News) Stiletto's Gentleman's club on Pittsburg Avenue (Source: Live 5 News)
David Lacz David Lacz
Stiletto's Gentleman's club on Pittsburg Avenue (Source: Live 5 News) Stiletto's Gentleman's club on Pittsburg Avenue (Source: Live 5 News)
Alfred Joseph Asher, Jr. (Source: Charleston Police) Alfred Joseph Asher, Jr. (Source: Charleston Police)
CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

A judge set bond Friday for the James Island man who turned himself in to authorities in connection with the death of a Florida man at a strip club.

Bail was set at $50,000 for 33-year-old Alfred Joseph Asher, Jr., who faces a charge of manslaughter. The judge told Asher he cannot leave the state and must not have any contact with the victim's family.

Asher's attorney, David Aylor, told the judge Asher has no prior record and has cooperated 100 percent with police.

Asher turned himself in to authorities at approximately 10 a.m. Friday in connection with the death of David Lacz, 56.

Police responded to the Stiletto's Gentleman's Club on Pittsburgh Avenue at approximately 11:58 p.m. Monday where they found Lacz lying on the ground on his back in a large pool of blood around his head. Police say Lacz was breathing, appeared to be snoring, and bleeding out of his right ear.

Police say Asher, who was identified as a bouncer at the club, called 911 and was checking on the victim as the officer arrived.

Asher told police Lacz had recently been inside the business and appeared to be "drunk, or high" and Asher said he believed Lacz should not have been let inside the business, according to an incident report. Asher said Lacz started to circle the bar and was banging his hand on the bar.

A police report states Lacz grabbed the arm of a female bartender, pulled her across the bar by her arm and licked her hand.

"After he did this a second time, the complainant asked the victim to leave and escorted him out of the business and off of the property," the report states.

The business did not serve Lacz because of his "inebriated state," the report states.

Asher said Lacz then returned to the club a short time later as a large group arrived and sneaked into the business with the group.

Asher reported finding Lacz and escorting him out a second time. Asher said when Lacz was out of the business and off of the property, he was told not to return to the business. Asher told police Lacz then became belligerent and rushed Asher, who said he put up his arms to defend himself and pushed Lacz off of him.

Authorities say Lacz then stumbled backwards with his feet catching a small lip between the concrete entry of the business and the asphalt road, then fell back, down a slight slope and landed on his head.

However, court papers state that witnesses told cops Asher forcefully shoved victim in chest using both hands with enough force to cause his feet to come off the ground and one of his shoes to fly off. 

These papers also state witness refuted any claims that Asher acted in a self-defense manner. 

Lacz was transported to MUSC and went into an emergency operation, the report states.

Medical staff reported that Lacz appeared to have suffered severe internal damage to the head and brain. Doctors informed investigators that the victim did not have any other injuries and there were no other signs of a physical altercation.

Police officers said Lacz did not gain consciousness while investigators were on scene and at the hospital.

Witnesses reportedly told police the victim was body slammed and court papers state that witnesses told cops Asher forcefully shoved victim in his chest using both hands with enough force to cause his feet to come off the ground and one of his shoes to fly off. 

These papers also state witness refuted any claims that Asher acted in a self-defense manner. 

After court, Asher's attorney said his client was just doing his job.

"It's a tragedy what happened. Obviously no one should have lost their life and it's unfortunate that it did happen," David Aylor said. "But we feel there were no criminal actions that occurred."

If convicted of manslaughter, Asher faces a minimum of two years and a maximum 30 years in prison.

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