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Bail reduced for Mount Pleasant man accused of fatal brawl punch on King Street

Dalton Ellis Clarke, 24, of Mount Pleasant, is charged with involuntary manslaughter.

A judge lowered the bail set for the Mount Pleasant man accused of killing another man during an April brawl on King Street.

Dalton Ellis Clarke, 24, had been in jail since his arrest in May and held on a $500,000 bond after he was charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection to the death of 27-year-old Clinton Seymour.

Magistrate James Gosnell set his bail Thursday at $150,000. The judge also set conditions for Clarke's release, including 24-hour house arrest with the exceptions of work, medical appointments, meetings with his attorney or court appearances, and he is to have no contact with any witnesses or family members of Seymour.

Seymour died April 28 at Medical University Hospital, where he was being treated for skull fractures resulting from the brawl.

A joke prompted the fatal fight, according to Charleston police.

Seymour and a few friends were walking around 2 a.m. April 26 near King and Morris streets when they made a joke that upset a passing group, according to police.

A man then "sucker-punched" Seymour, causing him to fall and hit his head on the concrete, an incident report said.

Both groups threw several jabs at one another before three of the men fled the scene in a Lexus, police said. Witnesses managed to take note of the vehicle's license plate number, police said.

A second man was treated for minor injuries at Roper St. Francis Healthcare, police said.

Seymour had recently moved to Johns Island from the Pittsburgh area and bought his first house, his father, Don Seymour, told Pittsburgh's Action 4 News. His friends told the TV station that Seymour didn't drink and was the designated driver the night he was punched.

Reach Natalie Caula Hauff at 937-5594 or Twitter.com/ncaula.

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