Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Manslaughter Charge Follows Death at Silver Mountain Lodge

Posted By on Tue, Feb 25, 2014 at 9:22 AM

The results of an autopsy haven't been released yet, and a judge has sealed an affidavit, but a suspect has been taken into custody and charged with the death of another man following a quarrel at the base lodge of the Silver Mountain ski resort in Idaho's Panhandle.

There are very few details available, but this morning's Coeur d'Alene Press reports that Kellogg police were dispatched to the ski lodge Feb. 21. That's where they found 42-year-old Eric Crouse dead. Shortly thereafter, police arrested 39-year-old Brett McCallister of Port Angeles, Wash.

A criminal complaint states that McCallister, charged with a felony count of voluntary manslaughter, "did willfully and in a sudden quarrel or heat of passion, but without malice or aforethought and premeditation, kill Eric Crouse."

But after posting $20,000 bail, McCallister was released from the Shoshone County jail Feb. 24.

Crouse was flown by helicopter to Kootenai Medical Center for treatment of his injuries on Feb. 21. He died the next day.

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