CROWN POINT | Jacob Oxley woke up with a headache on Dec. 13.
He went to work at ArcelorMittal in East Chicago and spoke to a union representative at 8:17 a.m. about a fight he had been involved in the previous night during a union meeting. At 9:41 a.m., Oxley was pronounced dead.
Eric L. Yost, the man Oxley fought with, was charged Friday with involuntary manslaughter, aggravated battery and battery resulting in serious bodily injury. A warrant for his arrest was issued Friday.
Oxley, 28, of Lake Village, was found slumped over and unresponsive Dec. 13 at his job at ArcelorMittal. He was taken to St. Catherine's Hospital in East Chicago where he later died.
Yost, 41, of Griffith, told police he initially approached Oxley during a Dec. 12 union meeting at the Operating Engineers Hall in Merrillville after hearing that Oxley had strawberry moonshine.
While Yost was smelling the moonshine, Oxley pushed the jar twice causing the liquid to hit Yost's face, according to the affidavit. Yost told police that he then walked away.
After the meeting, Yost approached Oxley again and the two began to fight, according to the affidavit.
Merrillville police reviewed surveillance video and determined that Yost punched Oxley's face, which caused the top of Oxley's head to hit a brick wall, according to the affidavit. Autopsy results indicate Oxley had brain swelling and bleeding at the top of his head.
A group of union members broke up the fight and Oxley was able to go home. His fiancee said Oxley ate a sandwich that night and fed their dog.
A union representative spoke with Oxley by phone about the fight the morning of Dec. 13. The representative told police that the conversation lasted minutes and Oxley sounded coherent.
The coroner's office determined that Oxley died from extensive head injuries with a large scalp hemorrhage due to blunt force trauma, according to the affidavit. The death was ruled a homicide.