John L. Tucker, 43, of Dover, is charged with involuntary manslaughter for the death of Nick Winters last year following a fight. (Stacey Carmany, Tusco TV)

NEW PHILADELPHIA (Tusco TV) - The case of a Dover man charged in the death of 38-year-old Nick Winters last year after a fight has now made its way to court.

43-year-old John L. Tucker appeared in Tuscarawas County Common Pleas Court Thursday for arraignment on one felony count of involuntary manslaughter and one misdemeanor count of assault. He entered not guilty pleas on both charges, and Judge Elizabeth Thomakos released him on his own recognizance.

Tucker is accused of inflicting the injuries that caused Winters to lose his life during an October 12th altercation on Race Street. Winters was transported from the scene to Aultman Hospital where he passed away later that day. The Stark County Coroner in December ruled the death a homicide, listing the cause as strangulation or asphyxiation. 

Tucker is being represented in the case by New Philadelphia Attorney David Hipp. A pretrial hearing is scheduled for June 24th. 


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