Man beaten to death was chef at Idaho resort

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KELLOGG, Idaho — A man beaten to death allegedly by a Port Angeles man charged with voluntary manslaughter was a chef at a Silver Mountain Resort restaurant near Kellogg, Idaho, a Spokane news affiliate reported Tuesday.

Brett W. McCallister, 39, of Port Angeles was charged Monday in Idaho’s Shoshone County District Court for the death of Eric Crouse, 42.

Crouse was airlifted from a lodge at the base of the resort to a Kootenai, Idaho, hospital after a “sudden quarrel” Friday, according to Shoshone County Prosecuting Attorney Keisha L. Oxendine.

Crouse died from his injuries Saturday.

McCallister, a Clallam Transit employee, posted $20,000 bail Monday and was released from the Shoshone County jail.

KHQ-TV reported that Crouse worked as a chef at a restaurant at the base of the mountain.

Knew each other

A co-worker told the Spokane NBC affiliate that Crouse had been staying at the resort with his brother and McCallister, who was described as Crouse’s brother’s friend.

Kellogg police are investigating. Details of the investigation are unclear because a judge sealed the case’s affidavit.

A news release from Oxendine’s office did not provide additional information.

Oxendine could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

Idaho state statutes define voluntary manslaughter as the unlawful killing of a person without malice “upon a sudden quarrel or heat of passion.”

McCallister is scheduled to appear in court in Idaho on March 13.

Last modified: February 26. 2014 5:57PM
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