Baskerville admitted to hitting 50-year-old Jerry Crowley during an altercation on July 14, 2011. According to the police report when officers arrived at the scene they found Crowley unresponsive. He was transported to Logan Memorial Hospital where he was later taken by Air Evac to Skyline Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn. after the discovery of a subarachnoid hemorrhage. Crowley died five days later on July 19.
Baskerville was indicted Sept. 9, 2011, on one count of first degree assault and with being a persistent felony offender. He was scheduled to have a jury trial Monday, Jan. 23, on those charges, but that date was rescheduled for Feb. 20.
Guiling will be asking the grand jury Friday to change the current charge to either second degree manslaughter, a Class C Felony carrying a 5 to 10 year sentence or reckless homicide, a Class D Felony carrying a sentence of 1 to 5 years.
One of the pieces of evidence the Commonwealth will furnish to the grand jury is the medical examiners report of investigation, completed on Sept. 28, 2011, which states that Crowley died as a result of “multiple blunt force injuries” and the manner of death was ruled a homicide.
“I will present all the evidence to the grand jury, the autopsy report, the detective’s report, everything I have and it will be up to them,” said Guiling.