Chop victim dies, attacker charges to be upgraded

By Alexis R. Milan Staff Reporter

Chopping victim Giovanni Borland died on Friday and his attacker’s charges will be upgraded to murder.
Borland died last Friday at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital as a result of chop wounds he received to his head in an altercation at the Mil Amores Bar in Libertad on Sunday, May 11th.

Joseph West, a 24-year-old Libertad resident, was initially charged with attempted murder, dangerous harm and use of deadly means of harm following the incident.

His charges will now be upgraded following Borland’s death.

Carl Borland, uncle of the deceased, told the media this week that contrary to reports about the incident, his nephew was attacked by five men and the police have not arrested the other men involved in Borland’s death.

Initial reports indicated that West and Borland got into and argument.

West allegedly walked away from Borland, who pursued West with a machete. When West realized that Borland was about to attack, reports say that there was a struggle between the two, and West was allegedly able to take the machete from Borland.

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