Prosecutors have declined to file criminal charges in the death of a man following a dustup with a bouncer outside a strip club here in April.
Cass County prosecutor Ryan Younggren explained his decision in a letter Thursday, writing that the evidence supports the self-defense claim made by the bouncer at The Northern Gentleman’s Club, including police reports, video evidence and witness testimony.
Younggren’s letter says Christopher Barr, the 38-year-old man who hit his head in the April 13 altercation with the bouncer and died three weeks later, had been kicked out of the bar the night of the incident for not paying his bill.
Barr returned to the club and came after bouncer Joseph Eichelberger, the letter says. The bouncer claimed he pushed Barr away, after which Barr fell to the ground and hit his head.
Younggren’s letter says neurosurgeon Dr. John Eichmann concluded that Barr’s injuries were consistent with hitting his head on the ground. They were not immediately apparent, according to Eichmann, because it was an internal brain injury and Barr was intoxicated.
A Fargo private investigator hired by Barr’s family members, Michael Lyman, said Thursday that Barr’s father is struggling with the circumstances of his son’s death. Lyman said he didn’t know if the family is still contemplating a civil lawsuit.