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Man died of blunt force injuries to face, Wichita police say

Police say man died of blunt force injuries to face

Two men are in jail on suspicion of voluntary manslaughter after they told police they fought with a 39-year-old man and punched him in the face, Lt. Todd Ojile said.
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Two men are in jail on suspicion of voluntary manslaughter after they told police they fought with a 39-year-old man and punched him in the face, Lt. Todd Ojile said.

Two men are in jail on suspicion of voluntary manslaughter after they told police they fought with a 39-year-old man and punched him in the face, Lt. Todd Ojile said.

When police were called to the 200 block of North Sabin about a disturbance at around 4 p.m. Wednesday, they found the 39-year-old man dead inside a home with blunt force trauma to his face.

The two other men in the home told police they didn't know the 39-year-old, but invited him inside. Then a fight broke out. Police don't know what led up to that altercation, Ojile said.

Both the men — identified as Bryce A. Martin, 29, and Rick R. Oden, 64, in booking reports — were arrested pending the outcome of an autopsy, Ojile said.

A third man was arrested on suspicion of drug possession.

The 39-year-old man has not yet been identified.

Nichole Manna, 316-269-6752, @NicholeManna
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