Charges Reduced in SW Mo. Veteran's Death

5 years 9 months 4 days ago Thursday, September 13 2012 Sep 13, 2012 Thursday, September 13, 2012 7:07:00 AM CDT September 13, 2012 in News
By: Associated Press

GREENFIELD (AP) - Charges have been reduced against a southwest Missouri man scheduled to go on trial next week for the death of an Afghanistan war veteran.

Twenty-eight-year-old Anthony Cheek of Lockwood is charged with voluntary manslaughter in the July 2011 death of 30-year-old Chad Clayton. He died a few days after being found unconscious in Cheek's Lockwood home.

Cheek was originally charged with second-degree murder. Court documents do not indicate why the charges were reduced.

The case has been moved to Cedar County on a change of venue. His bench trial is scheduled to begin Sept. 20.

The Springfield News-Leader reports Cheek told authorities that Clayton was "acting crazy" when he entered the house. A probable cause statement indicates Cheek was injured in a fight that began during a marijuana deal.

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