Man falls during fight and dies, man who hit him charged say deputies

NEWBERRY, SC (WSPA) – A man died after he was hit in the face and fell, hitting his head on a concrete pad, according to Newberry deputies.

Deputies say it happened on Nov. 5 around 7 p.m. at a home on Williams Wood Drive in Prosperity.

William Bart Hazen, 40, of 315 Brown St. in Prosperity died from a skull fracture and bleeding into the brain two days after the fight.

The man accused of hitting him, Allen Benjamin Osheilds, 42, of Prosperity, is charged with Voluntary Manslaughter.

Law enforcement was not originally contacted about the incident, just EMS.

When Newberry County Coroner Craig Newton was contacted by the hospital to get an order for the donation of organs from the victim, Newton recognized that the injuries were inconsistent with just a fall, according to the report.

Coroner Newton then contacted the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office so that they could launch a joint investigation into the death.

The determined Hazen and Osheilds were acquaintances who were at cook out at a mutual friend’s home.

They say both men had been drinking and an argument turned physical.

They say Osheilds hit Hazen in the face and Hazen fell backwards onto the concrete pad causing the skull fracture.

Osheilds turned himself in and is out on a $30,000 bond. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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