Man accused in beating death makes first court appearance

Man accused in beating death makes first court appearance
(Source: Raycom Media)

POCAHONTAS, AR (KAIT) - A man accused of fatally beating another man with a baseball bat had his first court appearance Wednesday, July 26.

Bruce LaJuan was arrested by Pocahontas police after he allegedly beat Randy Mantiera with a baseball bat in June. Mantiera later died from his injuries.

He now faces a manslaughter charge, a class C felony.

LaJuan reportedly admitted to police that he beat Mantiera after Mantiera threatened him and his family.

Judge John Throesch set LaJuan's bond at $15,000.

LaJuan is scheduled to appear in Randolph County Circuit Court on Sept. 11.

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