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Matthew Shields to Be Arraigned Today in Ryan Coyle's Death

The 21-year-old Westville man will face upgraded charges, said the Camden County Prosecutor's Office in an email this morning.

Matthew Shields will be arraigned today at 1:30 p.m. at the Superior Court of Camden County on upgraded charges in the death of Ryan Coyle, 20, of Bellmawr.

Shields, who was initially held on $50,000 bail for aggravated assault, will face charges of aggravated manslaughter. The 21-year-old from Westville has been in custody since last week, when he turned himself in to police in connection with the assault.

Coyle . He had been hospitalized since allegedly being struck from behind at a Jimmy Buffett concert.

in a parking lot outside the Susquehanna Bank Center about 7:30 p.m. last Tuesday, before the concert. Cole fell and struck his head against the pavement, authorities said. 

Prosecutors have not disclosed the reason for the attack, or said how the two men knew each other.

Following Shields' arraignment, at 2 p.m., is the arraignment of Camden man Osvaldo Rivera, who is accused of murdering 6-year-old Dominick Andujar and stabbing his 12-year-old sister as they slept Sunday.

Stephen Lyford September 04, 2012 at 02:44 PM
No-one thinks about how little it takes to kill someone when you resort to violence. Just one blow to the head (not sure if it was the punch or hitting the ground that did it) is all it takes. One moment when you didn't take a big breath and instead you swing a fist, and you've taken a life and your own life is over.
Matt Skoufalos (Editor) September 04, 2012 at 03:13 PM
Well said, Stephen.
Ruth Rouff September 04, 2012 at 09:30 PM
This reminds me of the incident in which the owner of the Adelphia Restaurant was struck by a drunken patron, fell, hit his head, and died. Tragic.

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