Bouncer released on bond after being charged in strip club patron's death

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A strip club bouncer accused of pushing a Florida man to the ground and causing his death was released on $50,000 bond Friday.

Alfred Joseph Asher, Jr., 33, is charged with manslaughter in the death of 56-year-old David Lacz of Fort Lauderdale.

Asher's supporters packed a courtroom Friday. Attorney David Aylor asked the judge for a reasonable bond.

"He has, again, been in the area for 10 years. He has no prior criminal record, he's not a risk of flight and not in any way, a danger to this community," Aylor said in the hearing.

Police say Asher was working at Stilettos Gentleman's Club at 2015 Pittsburgh Avenue just before midnight Monday when he pushed Lacz to the ground.

Lacz died at MUSC early Wednesday morning from a blunt head injury, Deputy Coroner Brittney Martin said.

Officers found Lacz lying on the ground with a large pool of blood around his head, an incident report says.

Affidavits say witnesses told police that Lacz was acting in a non-threatening manner when Asher pushed him.

Asher and his attorney offered a different story.

Asher told police Lacz entered the bar earlier in the evening and appeared to have already been intoxicated. He told officers he escorted Lacz off the property without ever serving him alcohol. Asher told officers Lacz snuck back into the business later with a large group of people and was escorted off the property a second time, the report said.

Asher told police he was escorting Lacz out of the club for the second time when Lacz became belligerent and rushed him, according to the report.

Asher told police he pushed Lacz away out of self defense and that's when Lacz stumbled backward, tripped over a curb, fell down a slight slope and landed on his head, the report says.

Aylor said it was an accident.

"At this point you know, it has to come from the police report. I don't' feel comfortable stating what his story is but I think it's obvious and apparent that what happened was within the scope of his employment," Aylor said.

He said Asher was just doing his job.

"Obviously, he feels very bad that there was a life lost but you know as far as criminal responsibility, that's completely different, he was first one to call 911 and was first one to render aid to the deceased," Aylor said.

Doctors told police that Lacz did not have any other injuries and there were no signs of a physical fight.

Sandra Ecklund and Andy Paras contributed to this report.

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