Monroe Lake Death Ruled Homicide

The Monroe County Coroner‘s Office says a man died at Monroe Lake of choking and drowning.

  • Fourwinds Resort and Marina

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    Photo: Bill Shaw/WFIU-WTIU News

    A man died at the Fourwinds Resort and Marina at Monroe Lake after he got into a fight.

  • Fourwinds Resort and Marina

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    Photo: Bill Shaw/WFIU-WTIU News

    Fourwinds Resort and Marina

  • Dillon Barrett

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    Photo: Monroe County Sheriff's Department

    Dillon Barrett has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and batter, both Class C felonies.

The death of a man pulled from Monroe Reservoir on Saturday has been ruled a homicide. The Monroe County Coroner‘s Office says Matthew Hosier died as a result of asphyxia due to choking and drowning. Three men were arrested in the aftermath of the 29-year-old‘s death.

They include 22-year-old Dillon Barrett of Anderson, on charges of involuntary manslaughter and battery, and 33-year-old Rian Lemons and 22-year-old Justin Austin, both also of Anderson, were arrested on charges of disorderly conduct. Lemons was also arrested on a charge of resisting law enforcement. Austin also faces a public intoxication charge.

Conservation officers responded to the Fourwinds Resort and Marina on Saturday around 6 p.m. on a drowning report. They say the young men had been fighting and fell into the water. They say Hosier went under and the three men searched, but could not find him.

Department of Natural Resources Spokesman Phil Bloom says they are continuing to interview witnesses. Results of their probe will be sent to the Monroe County Prosecutor‘s office.

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