• Man charged with manslaughter after single punch leads to death

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    SHIRLEY, Mass. - A man accused of causing another's death with a single punch has now been charged with manslaughter, according to court records. 

    Matthew Kurz is accused of throwing a single punch that caused a 23-year-old Ayer man’s death in August. 

    After Maxwell Fleming was punched, police say he fell and hit his head on the ground. He died a week later in the hospital. 

    Kurz was initially arrested and charged with aggravated assault and battery, but his charges were upgraded to include manslaughter. 

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