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Man dies after fight at Spokane bar; Suspect charged with 2nd degree murder

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Court documents identify the victim as Richard Natucci Court documents identify the victim as Richard Natucci
SUSPECT: Andre Joseph SUSPECT: Andre Joseph
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Spokane Police Major Crimes Detectives are investigating a murder that happened early Sunday morning at The Flame on E. Sprague.  

Court documents released on Wednesday show the investigation initially began as an assault, but hours later turned into a homicide case when the victim, identified as 64-year-old Richard Natucci, died at the hospital. 

Just before 8:00pm on Saturday, November 12, medics were called to The Flame for a report of an unconscious man outside the entryway of the bar. Medics determined Natucci was unconscious and unresponsive due to a severe head injury. Natucci was taken to the hospital for treatment and was pronounced dead early Sunday morning. 

Detectives were called to the scene and began reviewing surveillance video. The video showed Natucci arriving at the bar with a woman, who appeared to communicate with a man. Court documents show Natucci approached the man, and the two of them walked outside. Surveillance video shows once the two were outside, the suspect turned and punched Natucci, who fell down. Natucci laid motionless on the ground while the other man walked back into the bar. After speaking with the bartender and another patron, the suspect is seen leaving the scene in a white sedan. 

The next day, detectives interviewed the bartender who was working Saturday night. The bartender told detectives they didn't know the suspect but did know Natucci. The bartender said when Natucci entered the bar Saturday night, the suspect called the woman Natucci arrived with a "bitch." The bartender said after some words, they "took it outside." A short time later, the bartender said the suspect came back in and told them Natucci was "passed out on the ground outside the bar." 

Detectives interview the woman who was with Natucci at the hospital. She said she knew the suspect and identified him as Andre Joseph. Detectives in court documents say they are familiar with the Joseph from prior police encounters. 

Detectives went and interviewed Joseph's mother, who said her son came home Saturday night and said he had just been in an argument with a guy named Rick at The Flame because he called "some girl a bitch." Joseph's mother said her son told her that he "slapped the guy and he fell down." 

According to the Spokane County Jail inmate roster, Joseph was arrested and booked into jail early Wednesday morning on a charge of 2nd Degree Murder.

An autopsy on Natucci revealed he died from blunt force trauma to the head. 

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