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Involuntary manslaughter charge in beating death of Chiefs fan

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A 25-year-old man has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of a Kansas City Chiefs fan in an Arrowhead Stadium parking lot at the Broncos-Chiefs game on December 1.

The Kansas City Star reports that the accused, Joshua T. Bradley made his first court appearance this morning. He is accused of beating 30-year-old Kyle Van Winkle to death in the incident, which apparently took place after Van Winkle got into a stranger’s car, mistaking it for a car owned by people Van Winkle had gone to the game with.

Prosecutors say Van Winkle died of a blow to the head.

Authorities say Van Winkle left the game, went to the area where his party had parked and got into a green Jeep, which looked like the green Jeep that Van Winkle’s group of family and friends had traveled to the game in. It was actually another man’s Jeep, and when that man left the game and discovered Van Winkle either asleep or passed out in the vehicle, he called for help. Several people arrived, and authorities say Bradley was one of those people, and he got into a fight with Van Winkle after Van Winkle got out of the car. Bradley is accused of knocking Van Winkle down and continuing to hit him on the ground. Police say Bradley left after beating Van Winkle, while other bystanders stayed and tried to perform CPR.

Van Winkle is survived by a wife and a baby who was just seven weeks when he died.

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30 Responses to “Involuntary manslaughter charge in beating death of Chiefs fan”
  1. deezenucks says: Feb 21, 2014 2:20 PM

    What a disgusting and sad story, what is wrong with people?! Prayers for his family.

  2. doe22us says: Feb 21, 2014 2:23 PM

    People have such short fuses its alarming nowadays, talk about a senseless overreaction.

  3. seatownballers says: Feb 21, 2014 2:25 PM

    No need to stomp them once they’re are down

  4. robertamberg says: Feb 21, 2014 2:26 PM

    Unrealistic to expect drinking should be banned but it is the right solution.

  5. theuglitruth says: Feb 21, 2014 2:28 PM

    Throw this guy under the jail.

  6. mortalkondek says: Feb 21, 2014 2:29 PM

    Wow, left a wife and seven week old baby behind. So sad. And it wasn’t even the assailant’s car! Get a grip, people.

  7. vwbrown19 says: Feb 21, 2014 2:34 PM


  8. denverbronconj says: Feb 21, 2014 2:35 PM

    Violence never solves anything

  9. condor75 says: Feb 21, 2014 2:44 PM

    He will probably plead Stand Your Grand, that seems to short fused nuts defense of choice these days

  10. alshonbrandontandem says: Feb 21, 2014 2:44 PM

    Joshua T. Bradley is a coward. Enjoy the next 30 yrs in prison you loser.

  11. qwantumfysics says: Feb 21, 2014 2:53 PM

    Bradley deserves a heckuva lot more jail time than involuntary manslaughter will bring him. Beating a man to death and kicking him while he’s down, then leaving the scene? Disgusting.

  12. smackingfools says: Feb 21, 2014 2:54 PM

    I’d be fine with 1st degree murder. Anybody that continues to beat an unconscious man deserves to be shot if you ask me.

  13. investwax says: Feb 21, 2014 3:00 PM

    Make an example of this guy.

  14. 6ball says: Feb 21, 2014 3:04 PM


    Did anyone notify law enforcement? If so, when? After the fact?


  15. vontazemebro says: Feb 21, 2014 3:09 PM

    RIP Van Winkle

  16. coseybedaman says: Feb 21, 2014 3:10 PM

    Yeah when I saw the charge I assumed that they had a fight and the guy fell and hit his head or something tragic like that. Without being there this really looks like this man went completely overboard, but then again we weren’t there and the victim may have been very combative. Sad all the way around.

  17. schmitty2 says: Feb 21, 2014 3:13 PM

    I hope this guy gets put away for life. Whats also sad is man with a 7 week old child goes to a game and gets so drunk he passes out in a vehicle.

  18. raidadon says: Feb 21, 2014 3:13 PM

    Sounds like a rabid dog. Ya know whatcha do wit rabid dogs…

  19. nybairn says: Feb 21, 2014 3:15 PM

    Sad, sad, sad. And sooooo avoidable.
    Have to ask how he actually got in the wrong jeep though in the first place?.
    Bradley, hope you get what you deserve…..

  20. babygaga19 says: Feb 21, 2014 3:30 PM

    Chiefs on Chiefs booze crimes are never pretty. At least no one got shot in front of the coach.

  21. mingyabro says: Feb 21, 2014 3:31 PM

    Never could I understand dudes who continute to pummle ko’d people. The job is done, he is ko’d…you win Bozo. To continue the beating it just inhumane and I hope you are treated imhumanely as possible in prison. What was wrong with calling the cops and waiting for them to arrive? Then they bust the guy, problem solved. No, but he had to have hero friends who wanted to tell tales of how strong and fericious he is, how he beat un unconscious guy. Nice! Man people, have some f……. patience

  22. cmstrick says: Feb 21, 2014 3:35 PM

    Doesn’t sound very “involuntary” to me. If you knock someone down in a fight, great. If you keep pummeling them afterward you’re just being vicious.

  23. bigbenownsthenfl says: Feb 21, 2014 3:39 PM

    Thats what steeler fans wanted to do to succop! What a bum!

  24. nicofthenorthstar says: Feb 21, 2014 4:15 PM

    Another proud day in the world of the NFL!

  25. juliusanonymous says: Feb 21, 2014 4:34 PM

    Involuntary manslaughter? This sociopath scumbag left a child fatherless and made a young mother a widow. This should be second degree murder and the assailant should spend the rest of his life in prison. Just horrible.

  26. doubleogator says: Feb 21, 2014 5:02 PM

    What kind of person keeps beating someone once they are down? Deserves extensive jail time, he won’t be so brave in there either….

  27. easywolf says: Feb 22, 2014 8:49 AM

    Bradley must have been a trucker or bad ass Billy gun cop or a tea partier

  28. higheriqthanyou says: Feb 22, 2014 10:12 AM

    Seattle is the class of the NFL. Other teams and their fans should learn something.


  29. slamnnsam says: Feb 22, 2014 12:13 PM

    Typically involuntary manslaughter carries a 48 month sentence…but where were the people who watched this man beaten…

  30. jjackwagon says: Feb 22, 2014 10:24 PM

    Unanswered questions:
    1) Why did the vehicle owner leave the doors unlocked?
    2) When you find a strange person in your vehicle. Why not call the cops, if the person doesn’t get out?
    3) How do you get so drunk that you crawl into a strangers car?
    4) Why was the drunk walking around alone?
    5) If your drunk buddy gets in a fight and KOs his opponent, why do you stand around and let him continue to pound on a defenseless opponent?
    Tragic situation that could have easily been avoided.

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