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Murder charge filed in Mountlake Terrace barfight

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By Diana Hefley
Herald Writer
EVERETT -- A Mountlake Terrace man accused of stomping a person into a coma during a barfight in October is now charged with murder.
Prosecutors say Christopher Patterson died late last month, about seven months after he was attacked outside O'Houlie's tavern in Mountlake Terrace. He suffered a fractured skull, broken bones in his face and a severe brain injury.
Prosecutors allege that Bryan James Scott, 21, is responsible for Patterson's death.
On Thursday, Scott pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in Snohomish County Superior Court. He has admitted he was present for the Oct. 4 fight, but denied being involved in the attack, according to charging papers.
Scott remains free on bail. His trial is scheduled for August.
Prosecutors allege that Scott was among a group of men who began fighting in a parking lot outside the tavern. A video surveillance camera documented the fight. Patterson, 32, is seen falling to the ground after being punched in the head.
"The defendant, who is easily identifiable because of the Seahawk jersey he is wearing, then continues to beat (the victim) while he is down," Snohomish County deputy prosecutor Chris Dickinson wrote in charging papers.
The attack allegedly included kicking and stomping on the unconscious man's head.
Aid crews found Patterson in a pool of blood. He was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. He was in a coma and eventually was moved to an assisted-living home.
Scott has been identified by witnesses as the person in the Seahawks jersey who was filmed stomping on the man's head but he "denied having anything to do with the act on the victim, despite the video evidence to the contrary," Dickinson wrote.
Diana Hefley: 425-339-3463;
Story tags » Mountlake TerraceHomicide

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