Sunday, May 20, 2018
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Clearwater bouncer accused of choking bar patron to death

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 [email protected] or (727) 445-4157.

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