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The death of a Geneva man as a result of an alleged fight last November has led Adams County prosecutor Chris Harvey to file charges of aggravated battery and involuntary manslaughter against Nicholas J. Stump, 29, rural Portland.
According to a probable cause document filed in Adams County Circuit Court last Friday, "Stump did knowingly inflict injury on Dennis L. Sroufe that created a substantial risk of death."
Harvey said the incident between the two men occurred "late at night on November 4 or early in the morning on November 5." The probable cause affidavit said on November 5, Geneva Deputy Marshall Ronald Rasawehr was dispatched to a home in Geneva regarding a domestic disturbance and saw a person running from the scene. That person was later identified as Stump in the probably cause document.
Rasawehr spoke with individuals identified as the defendant's mother/victim's wife and the wife of the accused defendant. The women admitted a group of them had been drinking earlier in the evening and an argument ensued. Both women told the officer everything was okay but refused officers access to the home to check.
Approximately 36 hours later, a paramedic unit was dispatched to the house and Geneva officer Scott J. Daily responded as well. Daily found Sroufe on the couch in an unresponsive state.
According to the probable cause material, Stump denied striking or hitting Sroufe saying he only pushed and shoved him. As a result, Sroufe fell into the door and went to the floor. During a second interview, Stump admitted striking Sroufe "more than once" with his hand or fist.
Paramedics rushed Sroufe to the hospital and he remained hospitalized until November 11, when he died. An autopsy performed showed the cause of death of be blunt force trauma to the head.
Stump is being held at the county jail under a $50,000 surety bond.