CLEARFIELD — Prosecutors have declined to file charges against a gas station owner accused of fatally punching a man during an argument in his store.
On April 10, officers were called to a Chevron at 680 N. Main on a report of a fight between a customer, Brandon Stufflebean, 39, and the store owner, according to Clearfield police. When they arrived, they found Stufflebean unconscious.
He was taken to a hospital in critical condition with a head injury and died the next day at Davis Hospital and Medical Center.
According to an April 18 statement from the Davis County Attorney's Office, prosecutors chose not to file charges because, after a review of the evidence, they believe it is not likely the store owner would be convicted if charged.
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"There is simply insufficient evidence that (the store owner's) conduct rose to the level of criminal conduct. To the contrary, all the evidence points to the conclusion that (the store owner's) conduct was legally justified," prosecutors wrote.
Multiple witnesses and the store owner, who police said cooperated with investigators, reported that Stufflebean came into the store and an argument began between him and employees "over the purchase of a drink," police said.
"The argument escalated into a physical confrontation and the victim was punched once in the face causing the injury," according to the police statement.