A Martinez man is charged with murder after a Harlem man died Tuesday from injuries he sustained in a physical confrontation.
Donald James Blakely, 51, of Rolland Road in Harlem, died as a result of a head injury during a Monday scuffle with Evans Bernard Walton.
Walton, 38, of Applecross Drive, is charged with murder and aggravated battery. He’s being held in the Columbia County Detention Center without bond, according to jail records.
Just after 3 p.m., deputies responded to Applecross Apartments, where they found Blakely unconscious on the ground, according to a Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident report.
A witness identified Walton as a suspect.
Though Walton left the scene before police arrived, he surrendered to authorities and admitted to striking Blakely, according to the report. Walton said he called Blakely a drunk, so Blakely spit in his face.
Walton said he slapped Blakely, who then fell backwards and hit the back of his head on the sidewalk, according to the report.
Blakely was taken to the Georgia Regents Medical Center, where he died late Tuesday, according to sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris.
An autopsy was scheduled at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab in Atlanta.