Man dies after 'sucker punch', Alachua County teen facing charges


A 50-year-old man died Saturday night after he was "sucker-punched" during an argument at an apartment complex, Alachua County Sheriff's deputies say.

Sgt. Chris Sims said 50-year-old David Odenthal, Jr. and 17-year-old Jahaad Poole were arguing at Verdant Cove Apartments on SE 41st Drive when Poole asked his friends if he should punch the victim. Sims said Poole "sucker punched" Odenthal, knocking him unconscious and causing him to fall to the ground and strike his head on the pavement.

Sims said Odenthal went into "traumatic arrest" and was taken to UF Shands Hospital where he died Saturday night.

Deputies say they found Poole and charged him with aggravated battery. Sims said they're discussing the case with the State Attorney's Office to discuss more charges since Odenthal died. Poole is being held at the Juvenile Detention Center.

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