Darionn Tyler Douglas

GREAT FALLS – The man who allegedly assaulted a person in Great Falls earlier this week is now facing murder charges. 

Darionn Tyler Douglas has been charged with deliberate homicide, or alternatively negligent homicide after the victim he’s accused of assaulting has been declared legally dead; he was deemed brain-dead Thursday

The name of the victim has not been released.

If Douglas is found guilty, the jury will decide which of the two charges is more appropriate.

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Douglas was initially charged with aggravated assault on Wednesday for the overnight assault.

The incident happened at a residence near the intersection of 7th Avenue South and 12th Street, near Longfellow Elementary School.

Court documents stated that when police officers arrived, emergency medical personnel were “working on a male who appeared to be in serious distress.”

Officers talked with Douglas, who said that he had been in a fight with the man who was now unconscious. Officers noted that Douglas had an injury to his nose and a chipped tooth.

Douglas told police that he and the other man had been drinking and began arguing, which “evolved into a mutual challenge to fight.” Douglas said that the other man hit him first, breaking his nose and chipping his tooth.

Douglas said that he then kicked the victim in the face, knocking him out.

According to court documents, Douglas told police that he then “repeatedly punched, elbowed, and kneed (the victim) in the face.”

Douglas is scheduled to make his initial appearance on the new charge soon.