Charges Dropped in One-Punch Death Case

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The Washington County Prosecutor’s Office has dropped charges against a Springdale man accused of killing another man with a single punch outside a Fayetteville nightclub in May.

Steven Hall, 33, was arrested May 13 and charged with manslaughter for the May 12 death of Robert Dale Clark, 41, of Springdale. Police said Hall punched Clark in the face outside of the Electric Cowboy on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard on May 11.

Hall was booked in the Washington County Detention Center on May 13 and released on $50,000 bond.

Police said Hall, 6-2 and 271 pounds, punched Clark once in the jaw, and Clark fell back and hit his head on the concrete. Clark sustained a severe brain injury and died May 13 at Mercy Medical Center in Springfield, Mo.

Amy Driver, a deputy prosecutor with Washington County, said her office didn’t feel the case had enough evidence to proceed to court. She said the victim’s fiancee and family have been informed of the decision.

“There are no charges at this time,” Driver said. “There’s just insufficient evidence at this time to substantiate the charge. We’re always open to additional evidence if it was to come forward or come out.”

Driver said the prosecutor’s office felt that the current evidence wouldn’t support a lesser charge than manslaughter. Driver said prosecutors could refile charges up to a year from the date of Hall’s arrest.