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Former Cherokee man dead after alleged assault

Thursday, November 4, 2010

SIOUX CITY -- A man who died after he was allegedly punched in the face downtown early Saturday was trying to break up an argument between his wife and his alleged assailant outside a Fourth Street club in Sioux City, court documents say.

Joseph McDonald, 28, of Ida Grove, was taken to a hospital after the 12:26 a.m. incident outside Teasers, 1127 Fourth St., but later died.

According to documents filed Monday in Woodbury County District Court, Bradley Joseph Gregg, 29, of Sioux City, was arguing with Tasha Redding-McDonald, 30, and allegedly grabbed her by the neck.

Joseph McDonald stepped in to break up the argument. Police accuse Gregg in court documents of hitting Joe McDonald at least two times. On Saturday, police said Gregg punched the victim in the face.

The documents say McDonald fell to the ground and Gregg fled the scene.

McDonald was taken by ambulance to Mercy Medical Center but never regained consciousness, according to the documents. A hospital spokeswoman confirmed Monday that McDonald died Saturday.

Sioux City Police said in a statement released Monday that the investigation into the incident is continuing.

Gregg is charged with felony involuntary manslaughter, felony assault and simple assault, a misdemeanor.

According to online court records, Gregg was convicted in 2006 of simple misdemeanor assault for an incident on Nov. 26, 2004. He was originally charged with assault causing bodily injury, a serious misdemeanor, but the documents report he served one day in jail after pleading guilty to the reduced charge.

The records also reveal two women asked for protection orders against Gregg for relief from domestic violence. One of the women requested temporary protection three times in 2002 and 2003, with a judge granting the requests twice. The second woman was granted temporary protection in September, 2003.

A Woodbury County Jail official said Monday that Gregg is being held in lieu of $20,000 bond. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Nov. 9.



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