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Bel Air man charged with manslaughter after fight at Carroll County party

Bel Air man charged with manslaughter after fight at Carroll County party
Todd Michael Dauses, 49, of Bel Air. (Courtesy photo)

A Bel Air man has been charged with manslaughter after an incident at a party near Hampstead on Saturday, Dec. 22.

Todd Michael Dauses, 49, of the 300 block of E. Belcrest Road, is charged with manslaughter, first-degree assault, second-degree assault and reckless endangerment. He is currently being held without bail at the Harford County Detention Center, pending his transfer to Carroll County.

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The man who died, Raymond Charles Banz, 43, became intoxicated at a party in the 2700 block of Coon Club Road on Saturday and was asked to leave, according to the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office.

Banz refused to leave and another guest tried to physically remove him, according to the release, which led to a physical altercation resulting in Banz leaving and returning to his home in the 15000 block of Dover Road in Reisterstown.

According to the application for statement of charges, Dauses and Banz consumed “generous amounts” of alcohol before getting into a verbal, then physical, altercation. Dauses reportedly dragged and punched Banz in the face multiple times, and then stomped him numerous times in the abdomen as he was on the floor, according to the statement.

Once the parties were separated, according to the statement, Banz was transported to his residence.

At about 9 p.m. Sunday, Baltimore County police responded to the Dover Road address after a caller said the resident at the house required medical attention, according to the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office. When police officers arrived, they discovered Banz was deceased.

Banz’s body was sent to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore, and on Monday, it was determined internal injuries likely contributed to his death, according to the Sheriff’s Office. An investigation led to the arrest of Dauses.

According to the statement, Banz suffered from multiple fractured ribs and internal bleeding, and the nature of the death is associated with multiple blunt force trauma.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Richard Harbaugh at the Sheriff's Office at 410-386-5900.

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