Nancy Kerrigan's Brother Indicted For Manslaughter
4/8/2010 4:30pm EDT
The brother of former Olympic figure skater Nancy Kerrigan has been indicted for manslaughter after allegedly assaulting his 70-year-old father moments before he died.
Mark Kerrigan was arrested on January 24th after his dad Daniel Kerrigan was found unconscious in the kitchen of the family home in Stoneham, Massachusetts. He pleaded not guilty to charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon on an elderly person and causing serious bodily injury.
The 45 year old was released from a local detention center in Woburn, Massachusetts in February after he posted $10,000 bail, under the conditions he would remain under house arrest at his mother's home, submit to alcohol and drug screening and receive mental health counseling.
Authorities then added a charge of manslaughter and Kerrigan was indicted for the additional crime by a Middlesex Superior Court Grand Jury on Thursday.
According to the Middlesex Chief Medical Examiner, Daniel Kerrigan died from cardiac dysrhythmia after suffering a neck injury during a physical altercation at his home. Reports also indicate Daniel Kerrigan suffered a cartilage fracture to the larynx area - exacerbated by heart disease. The Kerrigan family has openly supported Mark Kerrigan through the investigation, stating his father had pre-existing heart conditions.
Kerrigan family lawyer Tracy Miner tells People.com, "I'm disappointed. Manslaughter is a more serious charge than involuntary manslaughter. And it will definitely be harder to prove. They have to establish that he acted recklessly knowing that he acted knowing he could cause serious injury or death."
The case continues.