ELIZABETH, NJ - An incident that caused the death of an Elizabeth man earlier this week resulted in an Essex County man being arrested and charged with second-degree reckless manslaughter, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced March 10.

Douglass Byrd, 27, is charged in connection with the death of 65-year-old Larry Adams, who was found on 1100 block of Magnolia Avenue by Elizabeth Police Department and Union County Homicide Task Force, in the afternoon of March 7. Adams was rushed to University Hospital in Newark, where he was pronounced dead shortly after 9 p.m. Tuesday, announced Union County Assistant Prosecutor Armando Suarez, who is prosecuting the case.

According to an investigation by the Homicide Task Force, Prosecutor’s Office’s High Tech Unit, Elizabeth Police Department, and Union County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Unit, Byrd struck Adams with his fist after an exchange of words causing serious head injuries that ultimately resulted in his death. Byrd was arrested without incident Thursday evening and is being held in Union County Jail pending a first appearance.

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Anyone with information about this matter still is being urged to contact Homicide Task Force Sgt. Michael Manochio at 908-966-2287 or Detective Christopher Scuorzo at 908-472-0492.

Convictions on second-degree charges are commonly punishable by 5 to 10 years in state prison.

These criminal charges are mere accusations. Each defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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