A Bedford man is facing charges of aggravated assault and involuntary manslaughter in connection with the death of a Manns Choice man.
Randy Scott Foor, 51, was arrested on Friday after state police investigated the alleged assault of Dennis Sprigg, 49, at a Chalybeate Road residence on Aug. 11.
Police said Sprigg suffered a traumatic brain injury and died because of it on Sept. 28.
Bedford County Coroner Sam Gordon said an autopsy was conducted. He had not received a report as of Friday evening, and could not give a cause of death. He could not recall when the autopsy took place.
Foor was arraigned Friday before Magisterial District Judge H. Cyril Bingham Jr. Bail was set at 10 percent of $75,000. He was placed in Bedford County Jail in lieu of bail.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Wednesday at 9 a.m. before Bingham.
Attorney Joel D. Peppetti of the Law Offices of Thomas M. Dickey is representing Foor.
"We believe it was just a horrible, tragic accident," Peppetti said Friday. "My client never intended to hurt or injure him."
Peppetti said large amounts of alcohol were a factor in the case that began during a party. He said Foor has "cooperated in all respects" throughout the investigation. They plan to go to trial and plead not guilty.
District Attorney Bill Higgins Jr. said the men were drinking and an argument occurred, leading to a physical fight in which Foor pushed Sprigg down and he hit his head on blacktop, causing the brain injury that led to his death.
Whenever someone's life is lost, the case is serious and is a "tragic situation," Higgins said. "We're going to see he is held accountable for ending this man's life."
A short obituary for Sprigg that appeared in the Mirror said he was born in Chambersburg. His survivors included a daughter and a fiancee.
Mirror Staff Writer Amanda Gabeletto is at 949-7030.