A court in the United States was told on Wednesday that a 37-year-old Tongan man attacked outside a Bountiful home in Utah on October 2015 died of blunt force injuries to the head and torso.
In her conclusion the Utah Assistant Medical Examiner Pamela Ulmer testified to the Davis County District Court that “Sione Mangisi’s cardiovascular health may have also contributed to his death. She ruled the manner of death as homicide”.
Police arrested Heneli (Henry) Kalainisi Kaufusi, 35, on October 14, 2015 and charged him with first-degree felony murder in relation to the death of Mangisi.
This week a witness testified to the court what she saw on the day of the incident.
According to the Salt Lake Tribunal a witness, Teresa Beauregard said: “she witnessed the vicious beating from her vehicle, and called 911 to alert police to the fight”.
“He was large,” the woman recalled about the aggressor. “He was angry. He was bloody”, the Tribunal reported.
Mangisi was the ex-husband of Kaufusi’s girlfriend.
“After hearing evidence and testimony from several witnesses, 2nd District Judge John Morris ordered Kaufusi to stand trial on the charge”.
The home where the attacked happend was located in the 3500 block of Lexington Drive, where Mangisi’s ex-wife and children live, along with Kaufusi, police say.
Police believe Mangisi came to the home to see his children, but have said they do not know what sparked the confrontation.
Kaufusi is expected in court again on Feb. 22 for an arraignment.