La. Man Beaten to Death After Brain Surgery: Authorities

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Four people have been arrested in the Saturday afternoon beating death of a Louisiana man who was recuperating after brain surgery, PEOPLE confirms.

Blaine Manalle, 20, and 21-year-old Cameron Alphonso are accused of second-degree murder in the killing of 46-year-old Jeffery Howell. Both were booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail and are being held in lieu of $250,000 bond.

Also arrested were 22-year-old Alden Kindergran and Thomas Jones, 23, both on suspicion of disturbing the peace in the deadly incident that occurred along the West Pearl River.

Kindergran was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail late Saturday and released Sunday afternoon on $750 bond, authorities said. He could not immediately be reached by PEOPLE and none of the suspects have retained attorneys who could comment on their behalf.

Jones, who was taken into custody on Tuesday, was also booked on an unrelated contempt of court warrant and is being held in lieu of $7,402 bond.

Charges have yet to be filed against the foursome, according to a prosecutor’s spokeswoman.

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies responded shortly after 5:30 p.m. Saturday to a brawl that broke out “between two large groups of individuals” on a sand bar along the West Pearl River just south of the Davis Landing Boat Launch in Slidell.

It was during this fight that Howell was fatally injured, according to authorities. He was transported to a local hospital where he later died.

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