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UPDATE: DA reviewing reports in fatal bar fight

RHINELANDER (WAOW) - The Oneida County district attorney said Thursday that no decision had been made on whether a disc jockey involved in a fatal bar fight in Rhinelander would be charged.

District Attorney Michael Schiek said he would thoroughly review police reports in the New Year's Eve death of James Turner of Rhinelander and decide next week whether any criminal wrongdoing occurred.
Tanner, 48, died after part of his broken sternum punctured his heart after the 59-year-old DJ pushed him into a bar at Sackett's Bar, police said. The push came after Tanner had punched another man in the face following a conversation between the two.


The man pushed into a bar during a New Year's Eve fight died after part of his broken sternum punctured his heart, according to the Rhinelander Police Department. James Tanner, 48, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officials say the fight happened at Sackett's Bar and involved three men.

They say Tanner punched another man, who then fell to the ground.

Authorities say the DJ then came up to Tanner and threw him into the wooden bar and then threw him to the ground.

Police say the man that was punched was treated and released, but they say Tanner died in an ambulance outside the bar.

The Rhinelander Police Chief says everything has been forwarded to the district attorney's office.

Newsline 9 was not able to reach the district attorney for a time line on possible charges.

Police have not said what may have caused the fight.

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