Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Clearwater bouncer accused of choking bar patron to death

Paul Clarence Stucker, 43, faces a manslaughter charge in the Oct. 14 death of a patron at the Brown Boxer Pub & Grille.

Pinellas County Sheriff's Office

Paul Clarence Stucker, 43, faces a manslaughter charge in the Oct. 14 death of a patron at the Brown Boxer Pub & Grille.

CLEARWATER — A 43-year-old bouncer accused of choking a man to death outside a Clearwater Beach bar in October was arrested Wednesday morning, police said.

Paul Clarence Stucker of Clearwater turned himself in at the Pinellas County Jail after a warrant was issued for his arrest on a manslaughter charge in connection to David McTamney's death.

About 12:30 a.m. Oct. 14, McTamney, 51, was asked to leave the Brown Boxer Pub & Grille at 483 Mandalay Ave. for acting "intoxicated and disorderly," Clearwater police said.

Stucker, a bouncer working at Brown Boxer, grabbed McTamney in a wrestling hold as he escorted him out of the building.

Once outside, the men fell to the ground while Stucker kept McTamney in a choke hold as he lay on top of him, police said.

"He continued to have a choke hold on McTamney for as long as two minutes," said Clearwater police spokesman Rob Shaw.

When McTamney stopped moving, Stucker maintained the choke hold, Shaw said.

As bystanders yelled at Stucker to leave him alone, McTamney turned blue and eventually stopped breathing. Some witnesses tried to perform CPR on him until paramedics arrived.

McTamney of Pennsylvania was taken to Morton Plant Hospital, where he died later that morning, police said.

An autopsy revealed McTamney's cause of death was asphyxiation. The manner of death was homicide, police said. The autopsy report was not available Wednesday.

"I have every confidence that justice will be served," said McTamney's wife, Colette, in an email to the Tampa Bay Times. "David was a very kind and caring man. He was a wonderful father to our two young children, and a great husband, son, uncle and friend. We have suffered a very tragic and senseless loss."

Stucker, of 514 N Madison Ave., was an independent contractor who had worked as a bouncer at Brown Boxer for about a year. Stucker had not been involved in any other altercations with patrons, said Brown Boxer owner Jay Thomas.

In Florida, Stucker has a string of arrests dating back to 1995, including convictions on charges of cocaine possession and battery, state records show.

McTamney did not have a criminal record in Florida or Pennsylvania, records show.

Stucker was booked into the Pinellas County Jail, where he remained Wednesday afternoon in lieu of $100,000 bail.

Times researcher Carolyn Edds contributed to this report. Contact Laura C. Morel at lmorel@tampabay.com or (727) 445-4157.

Clearwater bouncer accused of choking bar patron to death 12/18/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 18, 2013 11:59pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. PolitiFact: Fact-checking Samantha Bee on Florida felonies

    State Roundup

    Comedian Samantha Bee traveled to Florida, where she says "retirees and democracy go to die," to shed light on how the state makes it difficult for felons to regain the right to vote.

    Samantha Bee hosts Full Frontal with Samantha Bee on TBS. Bee portrayed some of Florida’s felonies as not so serious on her show.
  2. For some, Memorial Day comes around more than just once a year

    Military

    ST. PETERSBURG — It is shortly before nine on a Friday morning, and the heat is already approaching unbearable levels at Bay Pines National Cemetery.

    Iles carefully digs up the St. Augustine grass so that it will continue to grow when it is placed back on the gravesite. He tries not to disturb the root base.
  3. State budget uncertainty has school districts 'very concerned'

    K12

    While waiting for Gov. Rick Scott to approve or veto the Legislature's education budget, the people in charge of school district checkbooks are trying hard to find a bottom line.

    It has not been easy.

    The unsettled nature of Florida’s education budget has left school districts with questions about how they will make ends meet next year. [iStockphoto.com]
  4. Ernest Hooper: Removing Confederate symbols doesn't eliminate persistent mindset

    Human Interest

    The debate has begun about removing a Confederate statue from outside the Hillsborough County Courthouse, and its removal is long overdue.

    Robert E. Lee Elementary, 305 E. Columbus Drive in Tampa, originally opened its doors in the early 1910s as the Michigan Avenue Grammar School. [Times file]
  5. What you need to know for Monday, May 29

    News

    Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what you need to know today.

    In the weeks before Memorial Day, cemetery caretaker Gary Iles and the staff at Bay Pines National Cemetery are busy preparing the sprawling property for the annual ceremony honoring the fallen. Iles, an Army veteran who started out as a volunteer at Bay Pines, says working at the cemetery is a way for him to continue serving those who died for their country. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]