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Murder Suspect Surrenders

Last updated on Thursday, September 13, 2012

(SULLIVAN COUNTY) - After a nearly week long investigation, Indiana State Police Detectives have arrested 24-year-old James Gardner, who they claimed injured and caused the death of a Dugger man during an altercation at the Uptown Tavern.

The altercation resulted in the death of 51-year-old Richard D. Pigg, of Dugger.

Accompanied by his attorney, Gardner, of Elnora, surrendered to ISP troopers at 9 a.m. Wednesday morning at the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office.

The arrest warrant had been issued on Friday, September 7th charging Gardner with Involuntary Manslaughter, a class C felony, but Gardner had eluded police.

According to police on September 1st around 1;28a.m., Gardner is alleged to have punched Pigg on the side of the face causing Pigg to fall and hit his head on the floor of the Uptown Tavern.

Pigg died at 7p.m. the same day at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

An autopsy by the Marion County Coroner's Office revealed Pigg died of blunt force trauma to the head.

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