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Clearwater bouncer charged in bar patron’s death


Published:   |   Updated: December 18, 2013 at 12:21 PM

A bouncer at a Clearwater Beach bar has been charged in the death of a customer he was trying to remove from the lounge in October.

Paul Clarence Stucker, 43, of 514 N. Madison Ave., surrendered Wednesday morning at the Pinellas County Jail on the felony manslaughter charge, according to Clearwater police. He is being held on $100,000 bail.

Stucker was working as a bouncer at the Brown Boxer, 483 Mandalay Ave., on Oct. 14 when he tried to remove David Patrick McTamney from the lounge because McTamney was said to be intoxicated and disorderly.

Stucker grabbed McTamney, 51, of Pennsylvania, in a full-nelson style wrestling hold, standing behind him with his hands clasped on the back of his neck, as he tried to move him outside about 12:31 a.m., police said.

The two fell once they were outside, and Stucker kept McTamney in a choke hold as he lay on top of him, according to police. Stucker kept up that hold for about two minutes – even though the victim stopped moving or resisting.

McTamney turned blue and stopped breathing as several bystanders yelled at Stucker to let him up, police said. Once Stucker did release his hold, bystanders attempted to perform CPR on the victim, but without success.

McTamney was taken to Morton Plant Hospital, where he was pronounced dead that morning. The Pinellas-Pasco County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled the death a homicide by asphyxiation.

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