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No charges to be filed in Pasco brawl

The State Attorney's Office says a 21-year-old man who died in an April 24 fight was the aggressor.

By JAMAL THALJI
Published August 22, 2005


LAND O'LAKES - No one will be charged in the choking death of Anthony Makowski, according to the State Attorney's Office, which said the 21-year-old Land O'Lakes man was the aggressor in an early morning brawl that took his life.

Also on Monday an internal Pasco Sheriff's Office investigation cleared Donald Shaw, the deputy who first responded to the scene of the April 24 fight in the McDonald's parking lot off State Road 54, of failing to aid an injured Makowski.

The Sheriff's Office released a videotape of the fight Monday taken from the McDonald's drive-through window which shows Makowski, at 61/2-feet and more than 200 pounds, charging at 25-year-old Martin Robless-Taylor.

Robless-Taylor is pushed across the parking lot, then trips over a planter. Makowski is seen battering Robless-Taylor and at one point picking him up and body-slamming him to the pavement. Makowski is on top of Robless-Taylor when the U.S. Army-trained man puts Makowski in a chokehold.

Makowski was breathing when deputies arrived on scene, according to the Sheriff's Office but soon stopped. He died at 5:42 a.m. at Tampa's University Community Hospital.

[Last modified August 22, 2005, 16:37:09]


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