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Butler County death investigation
By: Holly Brantley

BUTLER COUNTY, Mo. - An update on a Butler County Death Investigation.

Prosecutor Kevin Barbour decided to drop a 2nd degree murder charge against Michael Sincup. Sheriff Mark Dobbs says Sincup got into a fight with 23-year-old Tommy Haugen over the weekend. Haugen got hit over the head with a large pipe.

Sheriff Mark Dobbs says Sincup is still a suspect. But, Barbour tells Heartland News charges were dropped because he didn't feel like he had all the information needed.

Sheriff Dobbs says he's hearing conflicting stories about what took place near a Butler County trailer Sunday night.

They know there was some kind of a fight and Haugen was struck in the side of the head with a pipe.

"A lot of details were not available at first, but now they're starting to come to light. What was reported at first is not what it turned out to be," Sheriff Mark Dobbs said. "There was a thought it might be over some fishing poles. But, it might be in reference to a drug debt owed."

Sheriff Dobbs hopes to have their end of the investigation wrapped up by sometime Wednesday. He said it will be up to prosecutors to decide what happens next.

Meanwhile, the family of Tommy Haugen said they are frustrated and they too are hearing one story after another. According to family members, Haugen died in the arms of his girlfriend who witnessed the fight. They feel he did nothing wrong and they want some answers. They say Haugen was drunk, but believe drugs were not involved.

"I believe there's a lot more that went on that's not being said," said Haugen's Great Aunt, Lorianne Greene. "Who ever was involved needs to be prosecuted and go to jail. Tommy would help anybody at anytime. Tommy deserves justice. The truth needs to come out. "

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