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Man who fatally punched coworker charged with manslaughter

Robert Clarke of Braintree, MA, is now facing a charge of manslaughter in the death of 44-year-old Elliott Fama, of Wilmington, MA
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Published: Jan. 5, 2021 at 1:51 PM EST
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PORTLAND, Maine - A short argument between members of a construction crew ended when one man fatally punched the other in Portland, Maine, in November.

Robert Clarke of Braintree, Massachusetts, is now facing a charge of manslaughter in the death of 44-year-old Elliott Fama, of Wilmington, Massachusetts.

Police say Clarke and Fama traveled to Portland together with two other coworkers for a job.

Clarke and Fama briefly exchanged pushes and punches allegedly after one refused to share a cigarette with the other.

Clarke eventually punched Fama in the head, knocking him unconscious.

He died in a hospital several days later.

The Portland Press Herald reports an attorney for the 35-year-old Clarke called the fight a tragedy.

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